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Mental Health and Wellbeing

Books to help children understand mental health and wellbeing in themselves and those around them.

 

The book cover of The Cloud by Hannah Cumming

The Cloud by Hannah Cumming

Everyone has bad days, and children are no exception. When a black cloud descends on a little girl at school, support from a classmate with a great deal of imagination helps to brighten up everyone's lives.

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The book cover of What to do When Your Brain Gets Stuck

What to do When Your Brain Gets Stuck 

This story guides children and their parents through the cognitive-behavioural techniques used to treat Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Revealing OCD in a whole new light, this interactive self-help book turns kids into super-sleuths who can recognize OCD's tricks. This is the complete resource for educating, motivating, and empowering children to work toward change.

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The book cover of The Colour Thief by Andrew Peters

The Colour Thief by Andrew Peters

Their life was full of colour until one day a thief came and took it away. This is a story of despair and hope for families who are touched by the devastating effects of depression.

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The book cover of The Princess and the Fog by Lloyd Jones

The Princess and the Fog by Lloyd Jones

This illustrated story is designed to be read with children aged 5-7 who are suffering from depression. Using metaphor and full of humour, it is a relatable, enjoyable, and positive read for all. The book also includes a guide for parents and carers by clinical paediatric psychologists, Melinda Edwards and Linda Bayliss.

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The book cover of The Wise Mouse by Virginia Ironside

The Wise Mouse by Virginia Ironside

Maria is a little girl who’s very worried about her mother. Why does her mum behave so oddly at times? Wise Mouse has the answer…”

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The book cover of Danny and the Blue Cloud by James Foley

Danny and the Blue Cloud by James Foley

Danny was born under a blue cloud. He didn't know why, but sometimes the cloud made him cry. Some days he didn't want to get out of bed. Some days he was one big growl! With the help of Barnaby the rabbit, Danny learns to think more helpful thoughts, feel better about himself, and dance his way into a better mood.

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The book cover of Perry Panda by Helen Bashford

Perry Panda by Helen Bashford

'Perry Panda' will help young children understand a parent or carer's depression and recognise that they are not to blame for how their parent or carer is feeling. Bright illustrations and simple rhymes make it ideal for children age 3+.

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The book cover of What’s Going On Inside My Head by Molly Potter

What’s Going On Inside My Head by Molly Potter

We all know that healthy minds are really important but how do we make sure we look after our mental health from a very young age? This is a book for children that explores practical ways we can keep our minds in good shape as well as our bodies. By talking about positive self-image, emotional intelligence, relationships and mindfulness, this book will help children develop healthy habits and good coping strategies from the start.

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The book cover of Your Mind is Like the Sky by Bronwen Ballard

Your Mind is Like the Sky by Bronwen Ballard 

Your mind is like the sky. Sometimes it's clear and blue - but sometimes a raincloud thought comes along and makes everything seem dark. So, what can we do about rainclouds? This beautiful picture book, written by child psychologist Bronwen Ballard and illustrated by award-winning artist Laura Carlin, shows children that worries and negative thoughts are normal and helps them develop healthy thinking habits. Tips on mindfulness and extra resources for parents are included at the back of the book.

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The book cover of Mental Health in Children and Young People by Sarah Vohra

Mental Health in Children and Young People by Sarah Vohra

Are you worried about your child's state of mind? Concerned that he or she is becoming more irritable, down, isolated, or lacking in appetite? Mental health disorders in the young have soared in the past 25 years, and one in 10 of those aged 5-16 have a clinically diagnosable mental health problem. This book explains why you shouldn't automatically rationalise concerns as normal childhood or teenage ups and downs, and why you should talk to your child sooner rather than later if you're concerned. Written by a child psychiatrist, it alerts you to the often subtle early signs and symptoms of common problems such as anxiety, depression and eating disorders.

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