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Mental health nursing on an island: helping children cope with anxiety and crisis

Mental health nurse Laura Matthews’ book helps children handle difficult feelings

Mental health nurse Laura Matthews’ picture book, Arlen the Anxious Alpaca, helps children handle difficult feelings

When mental health nurse Laura Matthews noticed that one of her nephews and other young children were struggling with anxiety during the first COVID-19 lockdown last year, she decided to act, writing a children’s book to help them cope with difficult feelings.

‘There are a lot of resources out there, but nothing suitable for what I was looking for,’ says Ms Matthews, who works on the Isle of Man.

‘I had the idea of writing a story. It’s not something I’ve done before and it started as a personal project rather than something I intended to publish. But it came


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