Received in exchange for an honest review from Usborne Publishing UK.
Looking After Your Mental Health drew me in with it's promise of tackling serious topics in a not-so-serious way, and I was not surprised to see it delivered what it set out to. If I were to list what exactly had it going for this book, I'd say-
The book is written in a simple, friendly way. It doesn't read so much like a textbook as it does a helpful guide, and I loved how things were kept professional and yet very...warm. I whizzed through the book even though I was (still am) in the worst reading (and general) slump, and I even found myself with a smile on my face at times. You know chibird? Yes, this was like one long chibird gif and let me just say it- I'm a fan!
The Topics Covered
From relationships to losses, depression to eating disorders, bullying to peer pressure, consent to sexuality- the book covers all possible topics in the most refreshing way possible. When I say all possible topics I really do mean all. Possible. Topics. The authors ease into things starting with a general look at what mental health is and then go on to the ways of the brain, emotions and then further into other diverse topics and it was all very well planned out.
What's possibly my most favourite thing about the book is its illustrations (by Nancy Leschnikoff and Freya Harrison). They helped give a pleasant feel throughout the book and kept things from getting too dreary. The various fonts and cartoons used throughout the book made for a very pleasant reading experience indeed!
The Helpful Tips
This book serves as a very good guide to all things related to mental health not just because it gives all relevant information, but also because it provides what's most important- solutions, or rather, helpful tips and coping mechanisms, while also making it clear that this is in no way a substitute to therapy and professional help.
The Overall Mood
The book has an overall pleasant mood which I absolutely loved. Though it talks about certain very dark topics, the authors still manage to keep things light, while not compromising on the obvious seriousness of the issues at hand, and like I mentioned before, the illustrations and fonts all contributed towards making this one a truly satisfying, helpful read.
All in all, Looking After Your Mental Health is an important book I wouldn't hesitate to recommend to young readers- it knows its limits, and that's precisely why it works. It may not be life-changing, but it has all the potential to give one a nudge in the right direction, and isn't that just what we all need sometimes?