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
Following the traumatic break-up of her parents' marriage, Lexi feels excluded and unloved. Unable to cope with her emotions, she self-harms, cutting herself with a scalpel. When her boyfriend splits up with her the self-harm intensifies until Lexi's sister persuades her to see Steph, the school counsellor. Together they explore some of the experiences that have shaped the way Lexi responds to negative emotions, and though the challenges she faces remain the same, as the therapy continues she learns how to experience those emotions without self-harming.
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.