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Pretend Friends: A story about schizophrenia and other illnesses that can cause hallucinations Hardcover – 21 Feb 2015

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  • Hardcover: 36 pages
  • Age Range: 4 years and up
  • Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers (21 Feb. 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849056242
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849056243
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 1.1 x 21.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 611,794 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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As an adult living with schizophrenia, I love the idea of introducing young children to the concept of severe mental illnesses, to help them learn not to be afraid of adults living with one. Hopefully if children can learn about mental health at a young age, they will grow up into understanding adults, less likely to have stigmatising beliefs about mental illness. Source: Katy Gray

This excellent picture book explains to young children the differences in having a jolly play-like character that they know is not real and having to put up with pretend people who are equally not real but seem so to those who suffer from them. Aimed at children who have contact in their live with people suffering from schizophrenia or psychosis or other forms of serious mental illness... An unusual story about a serious problem not often explained to younger children and hence a most welcome addition to the literature. Source: Healthy Books blog

This is a charming little book that could help children whose parents or carers have mental health problems... What I really liked about the book was that it promoted a healthy and non-judgmental view about mental health for children to adopt... The illustrations by Lauren Reis are rich, colourful and beautiful and enhance this lovely book... so attractive and the subject is compelling to mental health professionals. Author: Jo North, Psychotherapist Source: BACP Children & Young People

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A story book about what life is like for adults who experience auditory or visual hallucinations

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