Michael O’Mara and Mind to publish teen mental health guide

Michael O’Mara and Mind to publish teen mental health guide

Michael O’Mara Books will publish Breathe Out: A Creative Guide to Happiness for Teen Minds in association with mental health charity Mind.

Senior editorial director Louise Dixon acquired world all language rights in a direct deal with Mind. The guide will be published on 6th August 2020.

A follow-up to Mind's The Wellbeing Journal (Michael O’Mara, 2017), the new guide has exercises and techniques designed to track moods, articulate feelings and get a handle on screen time. The book will contain practical advice and strategies – from mindfulness and breathing techniques to writing and drawing exercises – designed to introduce a positive mindset.

Dixon commented: "Teenagers today face unique pressures – from school demands to social media, all while making important decisions about their futures. We’re delighted to collaborate again with Mind to promote awareness and understanding of positive mental health for teens through this journal. In the current climate of uncertainty, I hope it’ll provide comfort and guidance to both teens and parents."

Stephen Buckley, head of information at Mind, said: "If you’re going through a difficult time or are struggling with how you’re feeling, it can be really scary and upsetting. We know that the current situation in particular has meant that many people, including teenagers, are really struggling with isolation, stress, grief, financial worries and fears about the future. A recent survey by Mind found that three-quarters of young people aged 13-24 with an existing mental health problem reported worse mental health during the coronavirus pandemic.

“Resources like Breathe Out are so important in providing useful information and expert advice. Donations from the guide will also mean that more people experiencing poor mental health in these unbelievably difficult times are able to get the support they need to see them through.”

All royalties from the sale of Breathe Out will be donated to Mind.