Bouncing Away is the first mental health book in Ireland created by children for children. The book gives insight into children’s own perspectives on how they stay happy and how they cope during tough times.
Developed by children aged 8 to 12 years old in Sligo from the HSE Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS), the HSE Community Psychology Service (PCCC) and a local primary school, the book will provide an essential resource for other children, parents and healthcare practitioners who are interested in understanding and supporting children’s mental health.
Funded by the Mental Health Services HSE Sligo/Leitrim/W Cavan, Bouncing Away was developed through a collaborative process led by Kids’ Own. Artist Vanya Lambrecht Ward and writer Lisa Vandegrift Davala worked alongside the children over a two-month period, during which time they developed artwork and shared their own experiences, which guided the concept of the book.