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Mental wellness card game Book of Beasties shortlisted in the Healthcare Estates IHEEM Awards

A card game devised to promote the message of mental wellness, Book of Beasties, has been shortlisted for its second award, this time at the Healthcare Estates IHEEM Awards.

The Institute of Healthcare and Estate Management (IHEEM) has recognised the West London-based Book of Beasties in its annual awards, shortlisting the psychologist endorsed mental wellness resource in the Product Innovation category.

Book of Beasties: The Mental Wellness Card Game recently came out victorious at the Design in Mental Health Awards 2019 alongside a number of NHS Trusts, in which its judges said the entry blew the other applicants “out of the water.”

The competition is tough in this year’s Product Innovation Category, which is sponsored by multi-tech service provider, Spie. The West London wellness startup faces up against the likes of Brite Check, Ty Bronllys Pods and the Enlighted Project from WWL NHS Foundation Trust.

Co-creator and director of Book of Beasties, Phil Tottman, said: “We are so excited to be shortlisted at the Healthcare Estates Awards in this category. We have really put our heart and soul into this project and it means the world to us to be recognised next to some real titans in the healthcare sector.”

Book of Beasties is a whole school approach, psychologist endorsed Mental Wellness Card Game aimed at Key Stage 2 and early Key Stage 3 designed to raise emotional literacy as well as normalise and de-stigmatise the positive open conversation around mental health, wellness and emotions.

The Healthcare Estates IHEEM Awards follows the day long conference, which claims to be the UK’s largest event for health care estates, engineers and FM professionals.

The Book of Beasties team will be hosting a seminar at the conference talking about the importance of early intervention and whole school approaches to such things as mental health and wellness. Plus how and why Book of Beasties is a leading resource for children to help them feel able to openly discuss how they are feeling and learn about empathy and resilience.

Teaching assistant, Martin Wright from Hobbayne Primary in Ealing, added: “I have to say that the children have really engaged with the game and have their favourite Beastie characters and Item cards that they are keen to get. There have been occasions when some of the children have noticed similarities between the Beastie character and their own thought processes and can relate to that character.

“I’m confident that over a longer period of time most of the children’s mental well being will benefit from the positive impact of the Book of Beasties as they develop a better understanding of negative thought patterns and learn strategies to deal with them in a fun and engaging way.”

IHEEM is an International institute specialising in the Healthcare Estates Sector. It states that its primary purpose is to keep its members up-to-date with developing technology and chasing regulations.

Mental health trainer, Katharine Lazenby, tweeted: “They’ve [Book of Beasties] created a brilliant game which helps children develop their understanding of mental health and their ability to think about and articulate how they feel. Its a wonderful resource for schools and invaluable for enabling early intervention MH [sic] support.

“As a member of the steering committee for #DIMHN2019 [sic] I sat on the panel of judges at the conference awards. We fell in love with Bookof Beasties – giving them an award was the easiest decision we made.”

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