will be signing his latest book on
Saturday 18th May
from 10 to 11am in the shop
This week is Mental Health Awareness Week, a time to consider the scale of the current escalation in child and adolescent mental health problems, which is causing significant concern among parents, teachers and young people themselves.
Steven Walker, a local expert with a 30 year experience and expertise in this area of work is launching his latest book as a practical guide for staff, parents and young people to help them understand what mental illness is, how to recognise it and how to get help and support. Steven has worked in Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMH) services in Essex and then was appointed Head of Child and Adolescent Mental Health at Anglia Ruskin University where he designed a multi-disciplinary award-winning course to train staff working with children and young people. He is now semi-retired and works as a sessional lecturer with Post Graduate Psychology students at Essex University in Colchester and as a volunteer Counsellor with the local Youth Enquiry Service.
‘This book makes a rich contribution to the understanding and treatment of children’s mental health at a time when this is desperately needed. It is well-informed, full of case illustrations to guide the reader, and is written by a compassionate therapist and researcher with a solid grasp of the complex social environment in which children live today.‘
Dr Chris Nicholson – Head of the Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies, University of Essex.