15 Books To Teach Children About Mental Health

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Place 2 Be’s Children’s Mental Health week runs from 7th to 14th February 2022. We have collated some resources to help teach children about Mental Health.

Place 2 Be is a children’s mental health charity with over 25 years’ experience working with pupils families and staff in UK schools. It provides mental health support in schools through one-to-one and group counselling using tried and tested methods backed by research. It also offers expert training and professional qualifications. One in six children and young people have a diagnosable mental health problem, and many continue to have these problems into adulthood. 50% of those with lifetime mental health problems first experience symptoms by the age of 14. 1 in 10 boys aged 5-19 with a mental health condition are excluded in some form from school. Each year Place 2 Be runs Children’s Mental Health week to raise awareness of the issues and of course, raise vital funds to keep the charity running. Alongside our support for Place 2 Be, we’ve selected 15 books to teach children about mental health, starting with picture books for little ones with more serious topics covered for teens.

ABC Mindful Me by Christine Engel

My Pet Star by Corrinne Averiss & Rosalind Beardshaw

The Boy Who Lost His Bumble by Trudi Esberger

The Problem with Problems by Rachel Rooney and Zehra Hicks

Bob’s Blue Period by Marion Deuchars

Don’t Worry, Be Happy by Poppy O’Neill

No Worries by Dr Sharie Coombes

The Big Book of Feelings by Mary Hoffman & Ross Asquith

Looking After Your Mental Health by Louie Stowell and Alice James

A Pocketful of Stars by Aisha Busby

Worst. Holiday. Ever. by Charlie Higson

You Are Awesome by Matthew Syed

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

Undone by Cat Clarke

The Anxiety Survival Guide For Teens by Jennifer Shannon

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