Dr Hilary Jones
‘Finally, a straight talking, streetwise, empathetic and, most importantly, practical guide for all families whose lives are touched by the common mental health challenges of contemporary life. Unique, essential and highly recommended.’

Gok Wan
‘Self-Esteem education in schools like that provided by Natasha and her team, as described in this book, is exactly what the UK is crying out for!’

Eamonn Holmes
‘This is essential reading for all parents – Full of practical and useful tips.’


‘Self-esteem’ is one of those phrases that’s been overused to the point of losing all meaning, yet it’s essential to every human being’s development and happiness.
In what can be an incredibly toxic and frightening modern culture, young people in particular are struggling to gain some vestige of self-esteem and are subsequently battling myriad mental and physical health issues. Parents, teachers and carers want to help but often struggle to know quite what they can do.

DA-DAAA! Enter this book: a self-help book for people who are fed up with being patronised by self-help books. This guide will give you pragmatic, relevant advice on how to nurture self-esteem and discuss and deal with mental health issues, delivered with positivity, humour and realism.

Although touching on specific issues such as self-harm, eating disorders and anxiety, this is more generally geared towards instilling confidence and promoting a positive state of mind.

A collaborative effort between Lynn Crilly – a mother and counsellor who writes with love and warmth for her fellow parents and carers – and Natasha Devon – a journalist and activist, who writes with passion (and a few swear words) for teachers – there’s something in this book for everyone.

About Natasha

Natasha Devon is a journalist, TV pundit and founder of the Self-Esteem Team, which has delivered classes on mental health and body image to more than 40,000 teenagers in schools and colleges throughout the UK, as well as their teachers and parents. She is a columnist for Cosmopolitan Magazine and contributes regularly to the Independent & Telegraph. She appears as an expert on Sky News, ITV’s This Morning & BBC Breakfast.

Natasha has been named a Mental Health Association ‘Hero’, one of Ernst & Young’s Top 50 Social Entrepreneurs and Cosmopolitan Magazine’s Ultimate Woman 2012. In 2014, the Self-Esteem Team were given an award at the House of Commons for their services in the Education Sector.