Lauren Reis is a UK published illustrator, her illustrations are used in campaigns by UK register charities; SANE Mental Health, Big Life (Big Issue), OCD-UK and in February 2015 she was published by Jessica Kingsley for the work done in collaboration with ReThink Mental Illness on a book called 'Pretend Friends', a story explaining Schizophrenia to children. Over the last year, Lauren has been working alongside Play Therapists UK to develop a selection of children's activities to support positive development, plus she has created three books of her own, including 'The Girl Who Loves The World', 'Where Happy Grows' and 'I Am'. Through Lauren Reis's twenties, she developed a mental health condition called 'Emetophobia', an OCD-Contamination phobia. Now approaching forty, Lauren Reis has experienced a range of situations, emotions and has come into contact with many people, also managing mental health. Her illustrations and stories are bound together with all these experiences, in the hope they will provide precautionary support to developing issues later in life, to help those currently experiencing difficulties or to offer insight to anyone, to help reduce the mystery of the 'invisible illness' that is mental health.