Monday 10 October 2016

World Mental Health Day 2016

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Observed on October 10th every year, World Mental Health Day promotes global mental health education, awareness and advocacy. 
Any one of us, irrespective of age, gender or background can be affected by mental health problems at some point in our life. 1 in 10 children between the age of 5 and 16 suffer from a diagnosed mental health problem*. From an early age, we can help children to identify & express their feelings and below are some books I've used and recommend. 

How Are You Feeling Today? A dip-in book, helping children to recognise & deal with a range of emotions.Understanding & recognising feelings is an important life skill for every child and this book is a lovely introduction.
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The Colour Thief: A family's story of depression:An honest and touching story describing parental depression.Beautiful portrait illustrations and concrete language make this book a supportive tool for families or professionals.
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Meh! A story about Depression A wordless picture book sharing a child's perspective of depression. 
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What to Do When You Worry Too Much : a supportive work book for children experiencing anxiety
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Peter & Lisa: A Mental Illness Children's Story : The story of two adults affected by mental illness. Includes simple, clear language & descriptions about depression, bi-polar disorder & recovery. 
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This year's World Mental Health Day theme is Psychological First Aid 'Humane, supportive & practical assistance to fellow human beings who recently suffered a serious stressor' (WHO). 

When Something Terrible Happens  is a supportive work book to help children cope with grief or loss.
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Check out my  Feelings/Emotions Page for a more comprehensive list of books.

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