Sammy the Sea Squirt storybook
Our Head of Education, Ezra Hewing has written a fun, psychologically informed storybook, showing the benefits of exercise on mental health. It’s called Sammy the Sea Squirt, and we will be giving it to every Reception aged child (four-to-five-year-olds) in Suffolk. We want to teach children at a young age how to look after their mental health, which is extremely important, especially at the moment.
You can still help…
We’ve reached our target to publish more than 8,000 books to give to every Reception aged child in Suffolk, but if you’d still like to support our campaign, we will ensure more children receive our Sammy the Sea Squirt book.
If you would like to make a bank transfer, our details are as follows:
Please use the reference: Sammy the Sea Squirt
Account Name: Suffolk Mind Ltd
Sort Code: 20-44-51
Account Number: 60293679
Bank: Barclays Bank Ipswich
If you’d like to pre-order our Sammy the Sea Squirt book, contact [email protected].
Did you know that 50% of young people in England do not meet recommended weekly levels of physical activity? Did you also know that this has a direct link on your child’s mental health?
How can the story of Sammy the Sea Squirt help?
Our story is based around the character Sammy the Sea Squirt – they learn that moving helps with memory and emotions while meeting other ocean friends along the way.
Sammy is an inspiring character who moves to keep their brain healthy. Sammy helps children understand the importance of being active at an early age, in an age-appropriate and engaging way. The story also equips parents and carers with a way to encourage their children to make positive changes to their level of movement to help maintain good mental health.
We want Sammy to encourage children and families to get more physically active, play more and help their brains develop.
Figures show that 35% of children and young people said their mental health has got worse during the Covid-19 pandemic.
We want to ensure children learn the skills to look after their mental health from a young age, to help them to become more resilient as they get into adulthood. Reading Sammy the Sea Squirt will make the link between movement and mental health a life long habit.
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Sammy will provide you with exercise ideas, advice on how to look after the mental health of yourself and your children and any exciting updates in regards to our campaign.
For more information or to contact the project team directly, please email [email protected].