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Reading to Flourish is a mental health initiative founded by three passionate Psychology and Neuroscience Western University students who aspire to educate children and their families on a range of mental health topics through reading.
Often children are not thought to have mental health concerns. However, mental health affects everyone, although it may present differently at different ages. In fact, 1 in 5 children will experience a mental health disorder in their lifetime. But 5 in 5 of us have mental health. That’s everyone!
Reading books about mental health is important for a number of reasons and can create meaningful change for children, their families, and our communities. Reading books that address children’s social-emotional development and health can equip children with the language they need to better understand their own mental health, emotions, and difficult life transitions which they may experience.
Our mission is to equip children and their families with the language and information about mental health. Reading books can help children and families recognize concerns about their own mental health, develop healthy coping strategies, feel less alone, and seek early intervention.
We plan to implement bibliotherapy strategies through various activities.
One of our main activities is Weekly Storytime where each week we read a new story that focuses on or is related to an aspect of mental health. Parents, caregivers and children can participate in Weekly Storytime by listening to and discussing the stories. Children and caregivers can also send their own submissions of them reading books. We hope that this can help children and their caregivers recognize and address their own mental health concerns.
In addition to this, we are hoping to raise money to purchase books through this Gofundme page for this initiative. These books will be donated to local children's mental health agencies after we use them.
The Reading to Flourish Team
Kristin Legault, Jai Ravipati & Sirisha Ravipati
- Ava Gallo
- Sheila Pring
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