Title: Mind Your Head
Author: Juno Dawson (With Notes from Dr. Olivia Hewett)
Publication Date: 14th February 2016
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Part of a Series?: No, A Standalone
I Got A Copy Through: Bloomsbury India (THANK YOU!)
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Blurb Description: We all have a mind, so we all need to take care of our mental health as much as we need to take care of our physical health. And the first step is being able to talk about our mental health. Juno Dawson leads the way with this frank, factual and funny book, with added information and support from clinical psychologist Dr Olivia Hewitt. Covering topics from anxiety and depression to addiction, self-harm and personality disorders, Juno and Olivia talk clearly and supportively about a range of issues facing young people's mental health - whether fleeting or long-term - and how to manage them, with real-life stories from young people around the world.
With witty illustrations from Gemma Correll.
Imagine going to one of those food tasting parties (assuming they're real, because I've never actually been to one) where all you do is get a preview, or a basic introduction to what the food will be like, and not the actual full course meal.
That was what this book was like.
Not that I'm comparing mental illness to food, but more the analogy.
Mind Your Head is a book about Mental Health, why it shouldn't be taboo, about the different kinds of mental health problems, the kinds of treatments available and the difference between something serious and something temporary.
But just like trying too much food can get you nowhere except a very confused palate, I'm left wondering if this book decided to take on EVERYTHING with too little explanation about that everything?
Don't misunderstand me, I fully understand the need to talk about mental health, understand it and help people deal with it, but there was so little about diseases so complex, the book in all felt rushed.
I understand that diagnosis can't happen through the pages of a book, and too much information would only further that cause, but I would have loved more information on all the illnesses, but especially the personality disorders.
It was a good book, simple to read, one encouraging you to get more help and understand these diseases better to be able to talk about something you might be facing yourself, or help someone else through it, but I still feel like a Little More Information over the bare minimum, especially with the more clinically complicated ones.
3.5 stars, and a book still worth the read.