We are delighted to celebrate the first anniversary of the publication of Fundamentals: A guide for Parents, Teachers and Carers on Mental Health and Self-Esteem, by Natasha Devon and Lynn Crilly.
The modern world is becoming an increasingly stressful and scary place, particular for young people who face extraordinary challenges - from coping with pressurised educational environments, to responding to unrealistic standards of appearance and behaviour from the media.
As a result, society is having to become more aware of the myriad of mental and physical health issues that our fast-paced modern world is fostering. For parents, teacher, carers, and sufferers themselves, Fundamentals is an essential book that aims to provide the tools for overcoming a range of issues such as self-harm, eating disorders, and anxiety.
Conscious that everybody is different and that there is not one fix for all, Fundamentals is not quite like your run-of-the-mill self-help book. It offers flexible, pragmatic and relevant advice, delivered in a heart-warming way to foster self-confidence and a positive state of mind.
Co-author Natasha Devon MBE is a passionate activist for raising awareness of mental illness, and for speaking out against harmful modern cultural ideas. Whilst, as a mother and counsellor, Lynn Crilly writes with experience and empathy. Both writers know the value of providing good practical advice to carers and parents, as well as sufferers.
We, at John Blake, are delighted about the impact that Fundamentals has already had on the perception and treatment of mental health, and we are extremely excited about the continued success of what has proved to be a timely and important book.
‘Finally, a straight talking, streetwise, empathetic and, most importantly, practical guide for all families whose lives are touched by the common mental health challenges of contemporary life. Unique, essential and highly recommended.’
Dr Hilary Jones
‘Self-Esteem education in schools like that provided by Natasha and her team, as described in this book, is exactly what the UK is crying out for!’
‘This is essential reading for all parents – Full of practical and useful tips.’
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