OCD Awareness Week 2021

October marks a myriad of mental health milestones. And while the swirl of acronyms and dates, hashtags and headlines may set your mind tumbling into confusion, take heart in the solid certainty that now, more than ever before, the acknowledgement of and support for people in mental distress and decline is growing. And that is a good thing, too great to measure. Why? Because it allows people to recognise, accept and most importantly, REACH OUT for help when  they need it most rather than live in quiet shame and agony. This is an admission I myself am slowly coming to realise, as well...

How though does this all relate to my advocacy to create Kids' Lit with heart, soul and purpose? Well,  occasions like: OCD Awareness Week, Mental Health Month, Disability Awareness month to name but a few, all serve as avenues for sufferers of mental illness or those whose peers and or family are afflicted with mental disorders and conditions, to explore and learn more. In short to become more involved.

Stories are a vital spoke in the wheel of education and validation which is why I love reading, writing and using them to give young children and their carers bridges to connect with and navigate over. Stories like Ozzie's from Oswald Messweather, allow children to recognise their own situations and emotions whilst at the same time, provide a safe place for those new to the world of mental awareness in which to develop greater empathy and understanding. I cannot stress the power of books and particularly, picture books enough. They are quite simply moments of magic to experience again and again.

I couldn't feel more gratified and satisfied that, Oswald Messweather, my picture book addressing OCD in young children, appears on these recommended reading lists and is available for kids around the world to love and appreciate. Go, Ozzie, GO!

If you need help for any reason, visit my website for links to organisations that can offer support and assistance or visit the links listed below. Meanwhile, click on the links above for more information about the various activities, events and ways to get involved in any aspect of mental health awareness and wellbeing. 

Keep on reading, smiling and loving. YOU matter. 

Nothing would make me happier than to help your 'magic' library grow. For signed copies of Oswald Messweather (hardcover or paperback), please don't hesitate to get in touch.  


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