“Mental health problems affect about 1 in 10 children and young people... Alarmingly, however, 70% of children and young people who experience a mental health problem have not had appropriate interventions at a sufficiently early age.” (Www.mentalhealth.org.uk)
I’ve been contacted by a nurse who works at the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital in Brighton where approximately 3 children and young people with mental health problems are admitted each week.
A new accessible Usborne title for children, ‘Looking after your Mental Health’, provides lots of practical advice, explains why we have emotions, and what can influence them. It covers everything from friendships, social media and bullying to divorce, depression and eating disorders, and is an essential book for young people.
It could make such a difference to a young person who may be feeling isolated and alone, to have a copy of this book during their stay in hospital and to take away with them upon discharge.
£700 would buy 160 copies of this book and provide a year’s worth of vulnerable children and young people with an additional level of support.