Birchill Anna & Holmstead-Scott Imogen
Moon Turtle is a mental health journal that began in 2015 as part of an assignment Anna was doing at Yoobee School of Design. When its toes were put in the water, it proved to be more helpful than just contributing towards passing a course. With
Moon Turtle Junior has grown from the success of our first journal, Moon Turtle - A Mood Journal (a 21-day journal that aims to help with the managing of mental health-related matters through identifying the links between thoughts, emotions, and behaviour).
Moon Turtle Junior works a little differently. We have designed it for children ages 8 to 12 years to fill in either by themselves or with an adult. The book includes fifteen diary spreads which are to be filled out following an instance where the child has experienced a negative emotion (getting upset, feeling embarrassed, or nervous, or left out - those kinda feels).
The diary section (made up of drawings and open-ended questions) encourages the child to reflect on how they felt, and how they can deal with these feelings when they arise in the future. The great thing about Moon Turtle Junior is that it helps to facilitate what some parents might find to be a difficult conversation - talking about feelings with a child is incredibly important in their emotional and mental well-being.