Scrambled Heads: A Children’s Guide to Mental Health

Scrambled Heads is children’s book about mental health. The book can support children who are suffering with their mental health, but also their siblings, family, friends, classmates and also children of parents who are suffering with poor mental health. The book is easy to understand and explains mental health in a fun way, to help break the taboo of talking about mental health.

Emily Palmer from Wiltshire, southwest England, is the author of the book – “I decided to write the book after my own experiences with mental health,” Palmer told BuzzFeed News. “Having battled with anxiety and anorexia nervosa, I wanted to use my own experiences to encourage conversations on such an important topic.”

The book is an easy guide for small children to learn about different types of mental health illnesses, what they may look like, and how to get support. Palmer was really keen to get Scrambled Heads on the shelves as she hasn’t seen anything like it before.

“I hope Scrambled Heads can bridge a gap in the education of mental health with children,” Palmer said. “I hope it encourages families to get talking with their children about mental health, so children know what mental health is and feel like they can ask for help, if and when they need it.”

She added: “I was nervous about the reaction and if people would support it.” So far the book has sold more than 600 copies and has received a flood of positive reviews.

Population of focus: Children

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Date: 2016

Author: Emily Palmer