There’s never been so much pressure on teens and younger children to look and behave in a certain way, with parents and grandparents sometimes unsure of the best way to support them.
Recently two publications have launched which aim to ease the challenges of growing up – particularly around the topic of mental health – and to give young readers the tools needed to navigate their way through these tricky stages.
An astounding 84% of teens feel that pressure to look a certain way is one of the main causes of mental health problems in young people.
The exciting new product from DC Thomson Media aims to inspire, empower and boost the confidence of girls aged 10-14.
Almost 80% of survey respondents agreed that adults don’t understand the pressures they face, The Feel Good Guide offers a supportive, encouraging voice whilst tackling issues affecting teens with empathy, humour and practical advice.
Louise Kettle, Editor of Shout, explained,
We created The Feel Good Guide because we want our readers to feel happier, more positive and confident enough to take on anything.
Navigating those tricky early-teen years has become harder than ever, so the aim of the magazine is to act as a handbook of sorts, covering everything from mindfulness to periods, anxiety and the importance of getting a good night’s sleep.
The format makes it easy for readers to enjoy at their own pace – there are in-depth features to take your time over, as well as pages to doodle and write on. We hope it’s a magazine that readers treasure and come back to again and again when they need a boost.
Lee Harrow, Editor-in-Chief, added,
For the younger children, story book, Lucy’s Blue Day aims to help little one’s understand their feelings
Author Chris Duke has found a wonderful way of helping younger children understand mental health issues, in his story book Lucy’s Blue Day.
Lucy is a very special little girl with magical hair which changes colour with her emotions. If she is feeling happy, it is purple. If she is jealous, it will turn green.
Chris’ charming story is the tale of when Lucy wakes up and her hair is blue, and she doesn’t understand why. She soon learns that it is OK not to be OK.
Lucy’s Blue Day is available to buy here.