Children understanding Mental Illness (34 books)Saving
Children and Parents in the Age of Medication
Listed below are some books that may be helpful in explaining the mental illness of a parent or other adult to young children. Many do not actually specify mental illness. Instead they use analogies children can easily understand. This book provides clinically sound and age-appropriate information for children, answering questions about the borderline personality disorder of a parent, and suggesting ways to cope with the difficult situations. The wonderful illustrations help with the understanding, and lighten the story with humour. In some families, mental health difficulties can be at the heart of more frequent meltdowns. Borderline personality disorder is one of the conditions which can cause such emotional spillovers.
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Wherever Jenny goes, her worries follow her — in a big blue bag. They are there when she goes swimming, when she is watching TV, and even when she is in the lavatory. Jenny decides they will have to go. But who can help her? The Huge Bag of Worries is a compelling picture book which can be used as a spring board into discussing what children are worried about.
Richard and Judy Introduce Sleep by C. L. Taylor
Each year, about Just over 20 percent or 1 in 5 of children, either currently or at some point during their life, have had a seriously debilitating mental disorder. As much as we want to shield our kids from confusion or concern, health professionals recommend educating children and teenagers about mental illness. When they receive the correct information, it helps dispel common misconceptions and stigma, and provides them with the knowledge and resources they need to understand a particular illness and why they — or someone they know — might struggle. Curious how to tackle the topic with your own kids? Start with reading.
M att Haig is feeling hopeful. His first ever illustrated story, The Truth Pixie , is published in the UK on Thursday — and he is optimistic it will encourage young children to talk about their anxieties. They go away by talking about them, externalising them and dealing with them. The book confronts feelings of anxiety head-on, using the metaphor of a cursed pixie who is forced to tell hard-hitting truths to a sad little girl who is very anxious about her future. And actually, you need the occasional dark day for the bright days to be brighter.