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Book of Beasties in the Running for This Can Happen Award

The children’s mental wellness game has been shortlisted for “Most Innovative Idea to Improve Mental Health”

West London born children’s mental health startup Book of Beasties, have been shortlisted in the “Most Innovative Idea to Improve Mental Health category for the This Can Happen Awards.

The awards and conference, which launched last year and saw Prince William take the stand to speak about his experiences and organisation Heads Together, return again next month with another prestigious line up of speakers and shortlisted companies.

Included on the roster are representatives from Disney, John Lewis, Mental Health Works and Warner Bros and headlined by winner of 2015 Great British Bake off Nadiya Hussain, who was praised for her BBC1 documentary Anxiety and Me.

On the awards front, Book of Beasties is up against some tough competition including Sir Robert McAlpine, YuLife Insurance and Fika, an emotional fitness app.

Director and co-developer of Book of Beasties, Phil Tottman said: “This recognition is absolutely fantastic, we are so excited to be sat up next to some amazing competition. Mental Health is such an important subject to be bringing into the limelight for children and adults, and the This Can Happen organisation is making amazingly positive waves in this arena. We are honoured to be recognised.”

The team were recently recognised at the Healthcare Estates IHEEM Awards in Manchester, where they were presented with a Highly Commended award in the Product Innovation of the Year category.

Judges for the This Can Happen Awards were hugely positive about Book of Beasties, commenting: “Influencing the younger generation is the key to changing societal culture around mental health...

“What a phenomenal initiative that breaks down barriers to opening up, it is interactive and engaging and highly impactful - Very well done team!”

Book of Beasties is a psychologist endorsed, mental wellness resource for children and young people that aspires to raise emotional literacy, teach empathy, resilience and normalise the open conversation about mental health.

Currently being used in schools and homes across the UK as well as in other medical facilities such as Ty Hafan Children’s Hospice in Wales, the game has been praised by therapists, teachers and parents alike for its simplicity and effectiveness.

Dr Tony Bates - Professor of Psychology University College of Dublin, said “I really think Book of Beasties is a revolutionary approach and it will change how young people think about their mental health for the rest of their lives.”


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