Graphic Lives is a series of highly engaging graphic novels for young people who may need counselling and psychotherapy. Each book introduces the difficulties faced by a teenage character and follows them as they travel on their therapeutic journey with a skilled and creative therapist.
The key aims of these books are:
Sixteen year-olds Ava and Jade are obsessed with food, calories, and staying thin. Pleased with the many compliments they receive they push themselves into anorexia. Ava's mother is alarmed by her daughter's weight loss and forces her into therapy with the school counsellor, Steph. However after only two sessions Steph touches a raw nerve, Ava storms out and refuses to continue. Only when Jade is admitted to hospital does Ava return to therapy, where she begins to understand the causes of her anorexic tendencies.
This series of graphic novels aims to demystify counselling and psychotherapy so that it is more appealing to young people, to destigmatise emotional and mental health problems so that young people are better able to accept help, and to encourage them to embark upon their own healing journeys. Each book deals with a different issue (eating disorders, self-harm and anxiety), and the support guide provides professional guidance and resources linked to the issues in the story.