FAQ

Who are you affiliated with?

Book of Beasties is partnered with The University of West London or UWL for short, and will become part of a suite of recommended interventions by the University.

In order to measure the interventions effectiveness the game was part of a successfully conducted pilot study by the Psychology department which will become public in early 2020.

Where did the idea come from?

 

The Book of Beasties team in one way or another has come into contact with or experienced mental health issues throughout their lives. Creators Phil and Tom during their school days both recalled a significant lack of support for children who are struggling with understanding their emotions and recognising symptoms of such things as anxiety and depression. 

 

Curious to see what had changed since then they spoke to numerous educators, teachers and parents who all expressed a desire for improved, simpler and more accessible mental health education and awareness for schools. This drove them to create something that anyone could use and was as simple as starting a conversation over a card game.

How is it delivered in schools?

 

The game itself is quick to learn and simple to play, when played with the premise that its goal is to raise awareness of mental wellness, it provides multiple opportunities to discuss all aspects of the game with its strange characters, items, actions and activities. 

 

For the teachers we have designed a fully comprehensive guide that takes them through the whole product step by step, offering alternative exercises such as origami boat races and positive fortune telling. We have devised a series of five lessons focusing on two Beasties per lesson. 

 

The characters with shared symptoms have been paired to make focusing on particular symptoms, emotions or issues easier throughout each lesson. The teacher or whoever is delivering the class can then dictate how the game is played, when it stops for discussion and when the activities are introduced. 

What makes you qualified to discuss mental health?

 

Firstly, Book of Beasties has been reviewed and endorsed by a psychology and happiness expert and a Clinical Psychologist. Both with considerable and impressive careers, and significant experience working with children of all ages.

 

The exercises we have developed are already used techniques such as yoga moves hand picked for children, simple breathing exercises and writing our worries down to help in dealing with them. We mix it up by delivering them in an alternative and more kid-friendly fashion.

 

As soon as you mention anything to do with 'psychology' or 'qualifications', people and in our experience, especially children, tend to shut down. No one is necessarily that interested in knowing what’s wrong with them and others, they are however interested in ways they can feel better.

 

Simply put, you don’t need a doctorate to have a conversation.

Hows does it help children?

 

The Game Is designed to raise emotional literacy, as well as normalise and de-stigmatise the open and positive conversation around Mental Health and Wellness.

 

We use of physical activities, creative tasks, competitive elements, or just simple gaming with specific windows and opportunities for talking about the Beasties and ultimately ourselves and our friends wellbeing.

Is it just aimed at those who suffer with their mental health?

 

Absolutely not! Book of Beasties is also about understanding emotions as well as understanding how others feel. It is about awareness that mental ill-health exists, because if you know it’s there you can prepare for it should it happen to affect you or someone you know.

Where can it go from here?

 

As we said the possibilities are endless. If we are to develop one of our ideas for expansions on Book of Beasties every year, then we have about ten years worth of material. (We can’t do it all at once as it won’t have the same impact). These ideas range from music to sport related versions, as well as nature and art. Each with new characters, exercises, games, items and ambitions. 

We also release seasonal free resources for schools so the children can benefit from the Beasties all year round with unique adventures and activities to explore. 

 

It is our ongoing goal to continue making mental health education fun, simple and accessible for everyone… And we want to take it global. 

When and where is it available?

 

It is available now from our web store here. There are deals that have been tailored specifically for schools. We also recommend booking on of our CPD Accredited workshops, which you can do here.

A BIG THANK YOU TO...

Our Reviewing Body:

Vanessa King

BSc (Joint Hons), ACA, MAPP. Expert in the Psychology of Wellbeing and Happiness, Author of 10 Keys To Happier Living - A Science-based Practical Guide (Adults) and lead author of 50 Ways to Feel Happy (an activity book for children aged 7-11 years)

 

Peter Harper

Clinical Psychologist

We'd also like to thank...

Tim and Mary Herlihy 

Colm Roche

Anna Williamson - Author, TV and Radio Personality 

Jacky Brown - Behavioural Consultant 

Rachel Quinn - Psychologist 

Rachel Morris - Motion Learning Psychologist 

Michaela Sheppard - Therapist

Mae Harris - Haseltine Primary

Terena De Abaitua-Hind - Grange Primary

Sabina Sidhu - Grange Primary 

Tasha Dodwell - Grange Primary

Debbie Ferrara - Grange Primary 

Amy Griffiths - Widey Court Primary

Katie Carrol - Connaught Primary 

Michelle Connolly - Harefield Children’s Centre

Shannon Collis - St Mary’s Primary 

Mark Kehoe - Sunday Times

Kirsten Jones - Sunday Times

Matt Jarvis - Tabletop Gaming Mag

Angela Dodwell - Ealing Council

Benjamin Williams - Comic Book News UK

Dan Childs - Pack Me Pretty

Emma Chase - Belle PR

Jake Winter - Ivory Graphics

Steve Wise - Barley Mo Repro

Mark Connolly - The Clinic Gym

Samantha Mackenzie Weller - MW Management

Alex Clarke - Play Tester

James Bremmer - Play Tester

Garry and Julia Tottman

Will Walker - Musician

David Bulley - Musician

Lois Dryland

Sarah Dryland

 

Plus all the children and staff we met at:

 

Haseltine Primary, Sydenham

Connaught Primary, Bagshot

Widey Court Primary, Plymouth 

Grange Primary, Ealing

Harefield Children's Centre, Uxbridge

Finally, we would like to extend our thanks to everyone that pledged to our successful Kickstarter Campaign throughout September and October of 2018.

 

Bruno and Aicha Muthelet

Jessica Lynn

Nathan Witt

Dave Hart

Michael Lewis

Rachael Taylor

Trevor Brierly

Brian Williams

Renee B

Michelle Connolly 

Alessandro Pandini

Kanrak

Brian Butler

Nick Hines

Darren Marshall

Travis Walker

Jonathan Bohemian

Ian Johnston

Greg Frey

Simon Jamison

Mary Harrington

Sue Titterington

Graham Ayres

Laura/ Aaron Doherty

James Durnford

Russ Besta

Wictor Koch

Shawn K Dorsey

Andrew Bell

Jennifer Priester

Shaun Heather

Lee Griffin

Daniel Lade

Raymond Durazo

Benjamin Williams

Iris Maxfield

Anne-Sophie Schmitt

Kara Myers

Rupert Dembrey

Esmee

Jessie-Anna Dodwell

Santeri T.Pesonen

Gareth Johnson

Amy Green

Gina Cain

Patti Becker

Pam Fisher

Jessica Abberley-Cuthill

Charlie Ayres

David Bulley

Ali Corrie

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