By Kimberly Bond
If you’re reading this as a new parent delighting in your tiny bundle of joy, it may seem like thinking about your child’s mental health is light years away. But it is always worth thinking about good practices, and how you might encourage happiness and less stress for your offspring in the future, especially as the world sometimes feels like an extra-scary place.
For others with older ones and little ones, dealing with your children’s worries can be an everyday event. New research from mental health charity Place2be showed that 56% of children say they worry about something all the time – whether it be school, their home life or something about themselves personally. This week (4-10th February) is #Childrensmentalhealthweek and everybody is talking about what we can do to help change these statistics for the current and next generation.
One of the best ways to learn and encourage conversations (or at least, I feel that way!) is by reading books with your children. We have teamed up with our BOOBS Supporter Panda Family Books to showcase 4 of their fantastic stories which may open up conversations about worries and mental health with your children – and if you buy a BOOBS membership card, you get discounts off these books (and all future orders) too.
The Unworry Book and Looking after your Mental Health
The Unworry book is aimed at Children aged 9+.
It has lots of coping strategies for children to deal with their worries and thoughts.
Looking after your Mental Health is also aimed at children aged 9+. Both of these books have relevant themes for today such as social media etc.
Am I normal yet? and Are we all Lemmings & Snowflakes ?
These books are great for teenagers. They are both fiction stories and have mental health as a theme. This book is the first in the Spinster Club series by Holly Bourne.
By the same author, this book also focuses on the theme of mental health and asks ‘what is normal’. Nominated for a Carnegie Award 2019.
The above books are all available to buy from Claire at Panda Family books – an Usborne book seller – and a local mum. What’s even better – if you have a BOOBS Membership card then you get 7.5% discount off any order and 10% off any order of 3 books or more, plus free delivery in Manchester, Salford or Liverpool. If you’re interested in these books – just contact Claire via Facebook.
Claire is also showcasing parts of the Unworry book on her Facebook page everyday this week.
Not got a BOOBS Membership card yet? It’s only £5 a year and you get exclusive discounts across Manchester and Salford – and support us as well. Buy it below!
If your child is struggling with their mental health, you can contact a charity such as Young Minds or the Place2be speak to your GP about your concerns. If you are worried about your own mental health, you can contact a charity such as Mind in Salford. or simply message us on Facebook at any time and we can refer you on to someone.