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:
As fifteen year-old Hari approaches his mock-GCSEs, he begins to experience anxiety attacks aggravated by his fears of failure to meet his own and his family's expectations. When intermittent feigned illness escalates to the point where he runs out of an exam and hides in a cupboard, Hari agrees to see Steph, the school counsellor. Together they explore ways for Hari to manage his own anxiety and be less critical of himself.
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.