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CAMHS Resources


This is a collection of books designed to help young people and families cope with challenges that can occur during childhood and adolescence. 

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The Bear Who Stared
by Duncan Beedie
This book is about a socially awkward bear and helps show young people how to make new friends.
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My Many Coloured Days
by Dr Seuss
This book helps young children to identify and understand different emotions.
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You're a Rude Pig
by Claudia Boldt
A book that helps young children learn that unkind behaviour can push away friends.
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Silly Billy
by Anthony Browne
This books takes a sensitive and gentle approach to helping a child cope with anxiety.
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No Worries
by Sharie Coombes
This book is written by a psychotherapist to help children manage their worries.
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On Sudden Hill
by Linda Sarah &
Benji Davies
A book for children struggling with playground politics or don't know how to share friends.
Augustus and his Smile
by Catherine Rayner
A book about a tiger feeling sad and his journey to re-finding his smile.
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The Huge Bag of Worries
by Virginia Ironside & Frank Ridgers
This books helps children see that sharing their problems with others can help them feel better.
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Beautiful Oops
by Barney Saltzburg
A book to help perfectionists manage with mistakes or accidents they may make and find the positives in these.
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Bob's Blue Period
by Marion Deuchars
A book about expressing emotions and how to feel better when feeling sad.
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Hello Happy
by Sharie Coombes
This book is written by a psychotherapist to help children when they feel sad or angry
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Happy, Sad, Feeling Glad
by Yasmeen Ismail
Through activities this book helps children identify activities that may help them and others feel happier.
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Black Dog
by Levi Pinfold
The black dog is a metaphor for depression and this book can help children understand if a parent is suffering from mental health problems.
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Beyond the Fence
by Maria Gulemetova
This book helps children to manage friendships in a positive way. 
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My Hidden Chimp
by Steve Peters
This book provides parents, teachers and carers with some ideas and thoughts on how to help children to develop healthy habits for life
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My Mixed Emotions
by DK and Place2Be
A book packed with helpful hints, tips, and techniques showing children how to recognise and express their emotions
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My Strong Mind
by Niels Van Hove
This book is for children to help them build mental strength and resilience.
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Don't Worry, Be Happy
by Poppy O'Neill
A practical guide aimed at age 7-11 using CBT methods and simple activities to help your child to overcome anxiety. 
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Looking After Your Mental Health
by Alice James
Provides practical advice to young people about the importance of good mental health, why we have emotions, and what can influence them
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Don't Let Your Emotions Run Your Life
by Sheri Van Dijk
This workbook uses DBT techniques to help teenagers manage their emotions more effectively.
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Mindful Kids
by Whitney Stewart
A boxed card deck with 50 creative mindfulness games, visualisations and exercises to help children feel grounded, find calm, improve focus, practice loving-kindness and relax
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Children's Worry Book
by Children's Mindfulness
A journal aimed for those aged 6-12 which uses stories, exercises and mind clouds to document and manage thoughts and feelings. 
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CBT  Toolbox for Children and Adolescents
by Lisa Phifer
A Provides resources based on CBT to help young people manage challenges they may face in life.
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Breaking Free From OCD
by  Jo Derisley, Isobel Heyman, Sarah Robinson and Cynthia Turner
Written by leading experts on OCD, this step-by-step guide is written for adolescents and their families, to be used in home treatment or as a self-help book.
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Diary Of A Brilliant Kid
by Andy Cope, Gavin Oates, Will Hussey
This interactive collection of stories, quotes, theories and  science helps those aged 8 to 12  make sense of themselves and the world around them 
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The Anxiety Survival Guide for Teens
by Jennifer Shannon
This book will teach you practical strategies for handling even the toughest situations that previously caused you to feel anxious or worried
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Parenting a Child with Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties
by Dan Hughes
Dan Hughes shares his expertise on the symptoms, prognosis and treatment for children affected by emotional and behavioural difficulties, with valuable advice on how parents and carers can help children to improve their behaviour and increase their self-esteem.
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Blame My Brain
by Nicola Morgan
An accessible and humorous examination of the ups and downs of the teenage brain with chapters dealing with powerful emotions, the need for more sleep, the urge to take risks, the difference between genders and the reasons behind addiction or depression.
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Parenting Essentials
by Sarah Naish, Sarah Dillon and Jane Mitchell 
The book describes how to use therapeutic parenting - a deeply nurturing parenting style - to overcome common challenges when raising children who have experienced trauma. 
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Banish Your Self-Esteem Thief
by Kate Collins-Donnelly 
An excellent workbook for young people aged 10+ to work through on their own or with the help of a parent or practitioner to develop positive self-esteem.
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Think Good, Feel Good
by Paul Stallord
A CBT workbook for young people to help cope with low mood and anxiety. It starts by introducing readers to the origin, basic theory, and rationale behind CBT and explains how the workbook should be used. Chapters cover elements of CBT including identifying thinking traps, core beliefs, controlling feelings, changing behaviour, and more.
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Anger Management Workbook for Kids
by Samantha Snowden
Offers fun, interactive activities to help kids handle powerful emotions for a lifetime of healthy behavioural choices.
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Parenting Toolbox
by Lisa Phifer, Laura Sibbald, Jennifer Roden
The Parenting Toolbox is filled with easy-to-use strategies to overcome challenges and strengthen parent-child interaction - one worksheet, activity and exercise at a time.
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Everyday Parenting with Security and Love
by Kim Golding
Children who have experienced trauma, loss or separation early in life need more than just special care and attention; they need to be parented with love and security in a way that allows them to heal and rebuild emotional bonds. This comprehensive book provides parents and carers with crucial advice and guidance on how to strengthen attachment and trust.
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The Simple Guide to Attachment Difficulties in Children
by Betsy De Thierry
Full of helpful information and advice, this is a good introduction for any adult parenting or caring for a child who has experienced attachment difficulties. It explains what we know about them and how they impact on children, as well as offering advice and tips.
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Starving the Anxiety Gremlin
by Kate Collins-Donnelly
Starving the Anxiety Gremlin is a resource to help young people understand different types of anxiety and how to manage them using CBT principles that link thoughts, feelings and behaviours.
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The Simple Guide to Child Trauma
by Betsy De Thierry
This book will help parents to understand more about a child's emotional and behavioural responses following trauma and provides welcome strategies to aid recovery. 
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Stuff That Sucks
by Ben Sedley
With a strong emphasis on validation and compassion, Stuff That Sucks encourages young people to accept their emotions rather than struggling against them. 
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The Teenage Guide to Stress
by Nicola Morgan
A good book that helps teenagers to understand and cope with life's stressors. 
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The Boy Who Built A Wall Around Himself
by Ali Redford
Written for children aged 4 to 9, this gentle full-colour picture book uses a simple metaphor to explain how children who have had painful or traumatic experiences can build barriers between themselves and other people. It will help children explore their feelings and encourage communication.
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The Silent Guides
by Steve Peters
The Silent Guides explores some neuroscience and psychological aspects of the developing mind, unconscious thinking, behaviours, habit formation and related topics in an easy to understand way. It then offers practical ideas and thoughts for the listener to reflect on using 10 helpful habits as examples.
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Teenage Depression; A CBT Guide for Parents
by Shirley Reynolds
This book helps parents to understand depression and give advice on supporting their young person using CBT principles. 
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Banish Your Body Image Thief
by Kate Collins-Donnelly
This imaginative workbook is aimed for young people aged 10+ to help develop a positive body image. Through activities and stories the book looks at what body-image means, how it develops, the impact it can have and how this applies to our own body image.  
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Mind Your Head
by Juno Dawson
We all have a mind, so we all need to take care of our mental health as much as we need to take care of our physical health. This frank, factual and funny book talks clearly and supportively about a range of issues facing young people's mental health - whether fleeting or long-term - and how to manage them.
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Freaks, Geeks & Aspergers Syndrome
by Luke Jackson
Drawing from his own experiences of ASC, Luke Jackson wrote this enlightening, honest and witty book in an attempt to address difficult topics such as bullying, friendships, when and how to tell others about AS, school problems, dating, relationships and morality.
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The Unworry Book
by Alice James & Stephen Moncrieff
We all worry. This write-in book is an unworry toolkit, full of things to calm you down and places to put your worries. Activities include creating a worry box, making a mood grid and mindfulness activities such as colouring, doodling and mazes. Written with the help of a psychologist, there are links to websites for tips, advice and support too.
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Train Your Angry Dragon
by Steve Herman
This book designed for young children helps them understand emotions especially anger and manage this more effectively.
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My Anxious Mind
by Michael Tompkins
"My Anxious Mind"" helps teens take control of their anxious feelings by providing cognitive - behavioural strategies to tackle anxiety head-on and to feel more confident and empowered in the process. 
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Putting on the Breaks (ADHD)
by Patricia Quin
Written by two nationally recognized ADHD experts,  Putting on the Brakes includes practical ways to improve focusing, studying, and homework skills and contains strategies for making friends, controlling emotions, and being healthy.

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You're A Star

This practical guide combines proven cognitive-behavioural therapy methods used by child psychologists in schools with simple activities to help your child grow their self-esteem and is aimed at children aged 7–11. 

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The Mindful Teen
by Professor Dzung X
The Mindful Teen offers a unique program based in mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) to help teens deal with stress. The simple, practical, and easy-to-remember tips in this book can be used every day to help young people handle difficult situations more effectively.
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The Self-Esteem Workbook for Teens
by Lisa Chab
This book will show you how to distinguish the outer appearance of confidence from the quiet, steady, inner acceptance and humility of true self-esteem. The book also includes practical exercises to help you deal with setbacks and self-doubt, skills for dealing with criticism, and activities that will aid in the development of self-awareness, self-acceptance, and self-worth. 
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The Whole-Brain Child
by Dr Daniel Siegel & Dr Tina Payne Bryson
This is a practical book for parents that explains how a child's brain is wired and how it matures. The Whole-Brain Child aims to help parents to support their children to lead balanced, meaningful, and connected lives using twelve key strategies.
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The You Are Awesome Journal
by Matthew Syed
An interactive journal containing life hacks, challenges  and activities to give kids the  confidence  to come up with their own plan of action to be the best they can be. This is an ideal toolkit for young people who dream big and who wants to make those dreams come true.
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Calm - Mindfulness for Kids
by Wynne Kinder
An introduction to mindfulness, this book teaches children how to be mindful by focusing their thoughts and noticing the world around them using fun activities.
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