To celebrate World Maternal Mental Health Day on 2 May, Australian charity Gidget Foundation has published a book of bedtime stories that also can be read as self-help tales for adults.
According to the not-for-profit organisation, one in five new mums and one in 10 new dads in Australian suffer from perinatal depression and anxiety (PNDA), which is almost 100,000 expecting and new parents each year.
Created by Naked, ‘The Little Helper Bunny Books’ are a collection of four titles filled with content for kids that puts proven psychological strategies between the lines for the reader.
Each book is also accompanied with its own online film, which explores the symptoms and strategies behind the book in more detail.
“The books aim to help parents tackle insomnia with visualisation; beat anxiety by anchoring themselves in the moment; handle low energy with discipline and exercise; and use gratitude to transform their point of view,” said Chris Barnes, clinical psychologist at Gidget Foundation Australia.
“The reader is immersed in powerful and gentle psychological exercises designed to positively transform their state of mind and most importantly, each book is an invitation to speak to a psychologist if they need help.”