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Pretend Friends - Teaching Children Mental Illness

Wednesday 11th February 2015 6pm - 8pm Bristol, Foyles, 6 Quakers Friars, Cabot Circus, Bristol, BS1 3BU Literary Event, Free Event

Discover the importance of teaching mental illness to children with author and active Rethink member Alice Hoyle.

Hoyle and fellow Rethink colleagues will be discussing the importance of introducing the subject of mental illness to young children, examining the best methods of enhancing empathy and curbing discrimination towards people who suffer from mental illness. In addition to an in-depth dialogue on teaching mental health, Hoyle will also read a short extract from her delightfully illustrated children's picture book Pretend Friends.

Pretend Friends follows the experiences of Little Bea and Big Jay, two characters with very different 'pretend friends'. It explores the impact of auditory and visual hallucinations on mental well-being and social interaction through the comparison between Little Bea's imaginary friend Nye Nye and Big Jay's uninvited hallucinations.

All royalties from the book sales of Pretend Friendswill go to Rethink Mental Illness.

Tickets: This event is free but book is recommended, please email to reserve your places



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