Henna is inspired – by her dad!


A Chesterfield girl was inspired to become a psychology student by her dad’s books!

A PSYCHOLOGY student has been inspired to better understand mental health issues as a child – thanks to her father writing adventure books with social themes. Henna Mears, from Chesterfield, was delighted when her dad, author BJ Mears, started writing the Haunting of Tyler May series when she was just 10 years old. The stories centre around strong female characters, including the namesake who has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).
Henna, now 19, said: “I liked the fact that Tyler May had OCD tendencies, but it was simply one of her traits and it didn’t define her. “I had previously thought that mental health conditions would take over the whole personality and life of a person, but came to recognise people could still form relationships and live fulfilling lives. I gained many valuable insights and lessons from my dad’s books.” Henna was then inspired to study psychology at the University of Reading…