Created for middle and high school students, Let's Talk About It: A Graphic Guide To Mental Health is designed to destigmatize the conversation around mental health addressing everything from stress to anxiety to addiction. The book also looks at how the brain affects behavior, shares ways to stay mentally healthy, and directs readers towards resources for those who need help.
Although this project was underway prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for creative ways to interact with young people about their mental health is paramount at this time. In general, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 7.1% of children aged 3-17 years have diagnosed anxiety and 3.2% of children aged 3-17 years have diagnosed depression.
“Research will tell you that when young people themselves gain an interest in solutions to problems that affect them and their peers, that is when you start to see meaningful change,” said John Aller, PCC, LICDC, executive director of Stark County Mental Health & Addiction Recovery (StarkMHAR) based in Ohio.
You can also purchase a print edition: cartoonstudies.org/mentalhealth