This Teenager Has Written A Mental Health Guide For Children, To Teach Them They Shouldn’t Be ‘Ashamed’

A 19-year-old has had her first book published after deciding
to write a mental health guide for children and young

Emily Palmer, from Wiltshire, who is currently undertaking an
apprenticeship in business administration, decided to write
‘Scrambled Heads’ after her own experiences growing up with
anorexia nervosa and anxiety.

Emily Palmer

Inspired by her own mental health issues, Palmer wanted to
encourage conversations between parents and children, in the
same way that families talk about physical health.

Palmer told HuffPost UK: “I want to help create a world
where mental health is discussed with children, and we can
talk in more than whispers about our experiences. We should
be proud to talk of our achievements and successes in
battling something that can take away so much.”

The first-time author worked with teachers, psychiatrists,
parents, children and mental health patients to make sure her
book was accurate, easy to understand, and complete with a
positive message.  

Emily Palmer

She also aimed to bridge the gap in the way mental health is
taught to young people, in schools, and at home, explaining:
“This book aims to help the readers recognise that it is not
something to be ashamed of, and it is okay to speak up.”

The book, which was fully funded by the teenager, has already
sold 600 copies around the world, donating 10% of profits to
, the UK’s leading charity for children’s mental

Customers who have bought the book so far include primary
school teachers, parents and family members.

She has also had support from celebrities, including Dr
Christian Jessen, from Channel 4’s ‘Embarrassing Bodies’.

Dr Jessen said said that the book was a “lovely and important
idea” and would “help create a generation” without mental
health stigma.

Customers have also given glowing reviews, Cheryl L, said: “A fantastic introduction
to mental health. I purchased this for my two-year-old
daughter, primarily just to back up the conversations that we
frequently have about understanding and talking about
feelings, but also because I’m autistic myself and want her
to understand that aspect of our family life.”

Sara Barrett said: “Such a great book. I
thought the simple language and pictures were lovely…we
talk about our feelings regularly and what we can do to help
if we’re feeling down or confused. This is a great resource
for the home and a good place to refer back to when
discussing our mental health.”

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