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Today's children struggle with a range of issues, from depression and anxiety to poor body image and low self-esteem. In fact, research suggests that at any given time around 10% of students will be suffering from a mental health issue that directly impacts on their education and health.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) (the subject of Dr Russ Harris's best selling The Happiness Trap has been proven to be effective in teaching young people effective, flexible strategies for dealing with the stressors in their life and these principles are now brought to life in this graphic novel.
By following the main character, Holly, through her encounters with monsters (symbolising her inner doubts and unpleasant thoughts), children will learn how to similarly deal with their own issues and develop a more resilient mental attitude and achieve better emotional balance.
Children are increasingly falling prey to anxiety, stress and low self-esteem issues. ACT principles have been proven to effectively combat this yet, until now, no book existed that was written specifically for children in a format they could relate to.
ACT itself is growing in popularity due to the common sense approach and effectiveness of its methods.
Ages 10 to 14.
Timothy Bowden taught English in high schools for fourteen years before retraining as a school counsellor. Since learning about ACT, he now uses its principles when counselling young people in both primary and secondary schools.
Sandra Bowden taught in primary schools for thirteen years before retraining as a school counsellor, her vocation for the past nine years. She is also a registered Psychologist who has embraced the principles of ACT. A self-taught artist, Sandra has created the artwork for this book. Tim and Sandra live on the Central Coast of New South Wales.
Our book review
Do you want your child to be able to cope with change and life challenges? Do you want them to be able to bounce back after difficult times? If you answered 'yes' then 'I just want to be ... me!' is the book for you.
It is a paperback book full of colour, and presented in comic strip form. It is the story of Holly, her feelings and how she deals with life's challenges. It covers negative self talk, her insecurities and worries.
A bird in the comic counsels Holly and helps her with her thoughts. The bird shows her that other people have their 'monsters' and doubts too. She listens to the bird and follows its advice. She then started noticing happy and nice things in her life.
A book about resilience, negative self talk and worries, with strategies to deal with these for kids aged 10 to 14. Written by school counsellors and a Psychologist. Highly recommended by Books for Young Minds.