News and opinion Our News A modern new look for our One In A Hundred children's booklet Support in Mind Scotland has redesigned and re-printed a modern version of a children’s book first launched by the charity in 2001. ‘One in a Hundred’ is based on a child’s perception within a family where a parent lives with schizophrenia. In the first instance, it should be read by children in the company of an adult who can discuss and answer questions immediately and with understanding. It is an invaluable support to help children understand the difficulties and issues that they may face when a member of their family is affected by a serious mental illness. We hope that this book will also go some way to dispel the stigma and the myths around the illness and improve understanding. One in a Hundred was first published 18 years ago when the charity still operated under its original name – the National Schizophrenia Fellowship (NSF Scotland). The original book was officially launched by Adam Ingram MSP at the ‘Children Who Care’ Conference in Edinburgh City Chambers on 28 September 2001. The book was inspired by two members of a family affected by serious mental illness and was brought together by members of the NSF (Scotland) Stonehaven Carers Group. The author was Jane Rawlinson, Andy Moir supplied the original artwork, Mark McLeod the original layout, while carers support worker Roddie Wood was also instrumental in creating the book. We are indebted to Mark Ewens for modernising and redesigning the book in 2018 and to his Lloyds Banking Group colleague Shona Cook for her role in taking the project forward. Our Trustee Nicole Bell was also instrumental in the project, and below she shares her own personal experience as a child of a parent living with a serious mental illness. ‘One in A Hundred booklet is the perfect starting point for vital conversations’ By SiMS trustee, Nicole Bell I am delighted to see Support in Mind Scotland's 'One in A Hundred' publication brought back to life in this reprint. The book shares the experience, from a child's point of view, of living with a parent experiencing enduring mental illness – providing an invaluable resource and starting point for discussion between children and parents, carers or loved ones. I was very keen to support efforts to revive and relaunch this publication as I could see right away the benefits a book of this type could have. The experience depicted within 'One in A Hundred' very much reminded me of times in my own childhood, and so it really struck a chord. My dad, who had Bipolar Disorder, was hospitalised in order to receive compulsory treatment in 2003 (when I was 8). This was a distressing and confusing time for me as a youngster and, of course, being some years ago, this took place at a time where stigma and myths around mental illness had not been subject to the same level of challenge we, thankfully, see some of now. This resulted in well-meaning family members, who did not have sufficient tools at their disposal to discuss hospitalisation as a result of mental illness, discouraging me from disclosing the details of my dad's illness or, indeed, the nature of his hospital stay. I suspect, as the book touches upon, they sought to safeguard me from the questioning or misunderstanding of other children and, indeed, their parents or caregivers. I cannot fault them for this approach – which was very much a product of its time. Reflecting on this now as an adult, however, I feel the best way we can challenge and reduce stigma is by encouraging and enabling good conversations about mental ill health – and particularly around enduring mental illness – with children, young people, and those who care for them. While the conversations around mental health in general have grown, there are still great strides to be made where it comes to increasing understanding of enduring and serious mental illness. I believe 'One in A Hundred' is a perfect starting point for these vital conversations and I cannot thank Mark, and all those who have been involved in its revival, enough." If you would like a copy of One In A Hundred, please contact us at [email protected]@org.uk or call us on 0131 662 4359. You can download an electronic copy HEREFor bulk orders there will be a charge.