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Up and Down Mum

Child's Play, Summer Macon

Living with Mum is a bit like a roller coaster ride. At times, she is excited and full of energy, but at others, she is tired and withdrawn. But she’s always my mum, and we’re sharing the ride. For children who grow up in the care of a parent with mental health problems, life can be filled with anxiety and uncertainty. With the aid of a clear and simple information spread, this story helps us to understand the causes of mental illness and how we can learn to live with someone who has it. Developed in close consultation with families with parental mental health conditions and created in collaboration with the Wellcome Trust.

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03 August 2022

I like this book beacause it’s all about her mum. I don’t like when her mum was sick.


03 January 2024

I loved this book as it gives simple and clear information to help children to understand bipolar and how to live with someone who has it. My favourite character is Grandad as he comes to stay and look after the little girl in the story while her mum is away in hospital. It has lots of facts and a glossary to support children to understand and explain some of the new words they will come across in this book.

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