Mental health. It can be a very sensitive subject to approach. Taboo even.
And it can be especially tricky to talk to our children about.
If you let it.
For a start, what a great title! It sums up very well the subject matter, I feel.
And with simple, colourful pictures, it’s such an easy read – a coffee table book that you can read in one sitting when the moment or need arises.
Apart from the simple illustrations, what really grabs me about this book is that it’s engaging. It’s reassuring. It gives useful advice in a non-aggressive and non-patronising way (very important for children, especially young adults).
‘Scrambled Heads’ normalises mental health, which is vital for everyone.
I say everyone, because when you first read the sub-title ‘A Children’s Guide to Mental Health’, you might think, as I did, that it’s aimed purely at children. But when you consider that this book can be read by anyone of any age, so children, their siblings, their relatives, their friends and their parents, that covers a lot of ground!
What’s worth remembering is that many, many children have parents who have mental health issues and this book could help them to understand their situation better. This would have been a very handy book when I had depression. Books are one of 5 ways you beat depression.
The length of the book is just right for picking up off the coffee table, bedside cabinet, shelf or wherever and having a quick recap as the need arises.
The price is very reasonable too at £5.99. And with 10% of the profits of the first edition being donated to ‘Young Minds’, it’s even more reasonable and a small price to pay, I’d say.
If I could change one thing, I would put a little less emphasis on visits to hospital and medication, and more emphasis on cognitive therapy.
Although it doesn’t actually refer directly to medication it has pictures that are open to interpretation. And when it comes to mental health, I suppose it’s heavily open to interpretation on all levels. Such as how someone looks compared to how they’re feeling. And that’s just for starters.
Overall, given the complexity of the subject of mental health, I do think that this book does an extremely good job of not alienating anyone, not patronising anyone, not making anyone feel ‘odd’ and above all, not being flippant about what is a very serious subject.
I would encourage our 7 year old to read this at some point as and when the need may arise, as a useful aide to understanding mental health.
here’s her favourite part of it:
My favourite part:
Watching our daughter’s face when she opened the box to see the picture, letting her read the message and telling her that she IS awesome!
And also showing her that she could take the picture out.
Some other good points to note:
The chocolate does not contain alcohol and is kosha accredited. It does not contain eggs, and is gluten free. This is good, quality chocolate and I’ll bet that not many messages stay in tact for long. If they do, someone has very good willpower!
What I would change:
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*This is a review post but all opinions are my own.
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