Children’s Book Promotes Good Mental Health

Turn a frown upside down positive book promotes positive mental health for children

A new children’s book promotes good mental health in children. ‘Turn a Frown Upside Down’ is by children’s author Priya Kharbanda. It is the latest in the series of Harriot McDougall books. The series follows the adventures of Harriot and her Scottish animal friends. The books, written to bolster children’s confidence, inspires them to be the best they can be. The latest in the Children’s book series, Turn a Frown Upside Down, aims to promote good mental health and is inspired by Priya’s own experiences.

Priya suffered a family bereavement and had a very difficult time during the pandemic. Following this, she was inspired to adopt and promote a positive mindset through her words and writing. At the same time she decided to help charitable causes. The Harriot McDougall books have raised much needed funds for children’s hospitals in the past. The latest edition in the series is no different. Priya’s fundraising has helped our very own Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity. Having previously also supported Great Ormond St in London, she is committed to further fundraising through the new book.


Priya is heavily involved in fund raising events, supporting seriously ill children and their families. She says ‘We have seen the adverse impact of the pandemic, but it has also been a time of reflection; a time to focus on positivity. I hope that my new book is a happy book for readers and that it turns a frown upside down!’ She explains why she is so committed to raising more funds, ‘I have always believed that it is important to give back if you can and I wanted to support not only the NHS but children’s charities. The work that these wonderful children’s hospitals do makes a difference and I hope to continue to support worthy causes like these.’

Turn a Frown Upside Down was launched during Book Week Scotland in November and Priya’s fundraising efforts are certainly appreciated. Kirsten Watson, CEO of Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity, said ‘We’re incredibly grateful to Priya for her support, and for her fantastic fundraising through the Harriot McDougall series. The past few years have been very difficult for charities across the country, and for children and families in hospital. Priya helped to raise vital funds during the pandemic, and we are delighted that she will continue fundraising in aid of our young patients.’

Turn a Frown Upside Down by Priya Kharbanda is available now at – and 

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