Here are some additional reading options that you may wish to review.
All the books below have been recommended by friends of the Will Garvey Trust Foundation. We also present our ‘Book of the Month’.
If you know someone who is struggling with their mental health and well being you might be interested in these books. They will give you an insight into what your friend is going through. You might also find something to recommend to them.
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How Not to Lose it by Anna Williamson
Review by Jo Garvey
I loved this book! It was really well organized into bitesize sections so there is plenty to interest me if I like reading, but the amount of writing won’t overwhelm me if reading isn’t my thing.
It has a strong colour scheme and isn’t all flowers and love hearts and cutesie pictures all over the place that can be so off putting. It’s definitely a book for all young people.
Each chapter deals with a different topic familiar to most, if not all, young people, with titles such as ‘Be a Worry Warrier’, ‘Love and Loss’ and ‘The Fear Factor’. Each follows the same pattern with an intro, a ‘Head’s Up’ section which summarises key bits of information, an ‘ask Anna’ and a ‘Myth Busting’ section. All of which blasts the misconceptions and stigma of mental health out of the water. It’s written in a style that is friendly and understanding, yet informative and knowledgeable: the writer never comes across as patronising.
What I really liked is the way the writer shows us that our physical and mental health are equally important. And she gives you easy, manageable tips on how to look after them both so that we can get on with our life, knowing that problems will come our way but we have a toolkit with which to tackle them when they do.
Definitely recommended for young people age 14+. ‘Be the boss of your mental health!’
We would always urge you to encourage them to talk to someone – it’s Why Talking Fixes. Please tell them that talking with someone who is there to support them can guide them most effectively to positive solutions and positive outcomes.
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