Dawson pens mental health guide

Dawson pens mental health guide

YA author James Dawson is writing a guide to mental health for young people with clinical psychologist Olivia Hewitt.

Mind Your Head, which will be published by Hot Key Books in 2016, will give tips on managing emotional wellbeing and finding support for mental health issues.

“Between exam-camp (school) and the added pressures of living half a life online, I don't know if there's ever been a tougher time to be a teenager. It's no wonder more and more young adults are seeking support for mental health issues such as stress, depression, anxiety and eating disorders,” said Dawson. “Even with increased visibility of these problems, I found it easier to 'come out' as gay than to admit I struggle with anxiety attacks. Why is that? Why is there still so much stigma around something so common?”

Mind Your Head is the third non-fiction title from Dawson after Being a Boy (2013) and This Book is Gay (2014). He is also the author of several fiction titles, including Say Her Name, which is shortlisted for the inaugural YA Book Prize.

His next fiction title, Under Her Skin, will be published by Hot Key in March. h