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We talk about our physical health - but not so much about how we’re feeling. With lots of practical advice, this lively, accessible guide explains why we have emotions, and what can influence them. Covering everything from friendships, social media and bullying to divorce, depression and eating disorders, this is an essential book for young people.

  • Nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2019

Book information

Key Stage
ISBN: 9781474937290
Extent: 272 pages
Dimensions: 198 x 130mm
Alice James & Louie Stowell
Nancy Leschnikoff


Longlisted - SLA Information Book Award 2019

12 to 16 category

Press reviews

“This timely and wise book is full of good advice without preaching or making judgments and offers a warm and sensible helping hand to youngsters who want a reliable guide to navigate them through the challenges that could affect their mental health. […] With lots of practical advice, a glossary at the back to explain some of the words and terms used in the book, and ‘quick links’ to discover lots more useful resources online, this lively guide is an essential book for all growing youngsters. ”
“A super helpful book about feelings, stress, anxiety and how to look after your mental health. Discover what can influence your emotions, how to identify and navigate challenges that might affect your mental health and, most importantly, how not to be afraid to talk about mental health.”
“A safe and accessible guide to raise awareness of mental health. With expert advice from consultants from the Royal College of Psychiatrists, 'Looking After Your Mental Health' is a funny and gentle introduction to topics like the science of anger, handling toxic friendships, sex and relationships, and how to manage social media whilst staying mentally healthy.”
“an ideal introduction to mental health awareness for the young teen”


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