It seems that in these times of over stimulation for both children and adults, mental health issues touch our lives daily, through a work colleague, friends or indeed closer to home in our families. Whether you are directly or indirectly effected by these issues, Little Country Cooks highly recommends reading the excellent Motherly Blog reviews of 10 Books to help children understand mental illness.
Crystal Ponti writes -
Each year, about 43.6 million American adults (or 18.1 percent of the total adult population in the United States) suffer from some type of mental illness, enduring conditions such as depression, bipolar disorder, or schizophrenia. 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. Continue reading here - you will be diverted to Motherly.