Reading well to support mental health and well-being

Reading Well for young people is a national scheme delivered by The Reading Agency in partnership with the Society of Chief Librarians, the Association of Senior Children’s and Education Librarians and health partners.

It provides recommended reading to young people to help them understand and manage their mental health and emotional wellbeing.

A booklist of 35 titles has been developed to provide young people aged 13 to 18 with advice, information and support around common mental health conditions.

The booklist features self-help, psycho-education, memoirs, graphic novels and fiction in the following areas:

  • ADHD
  • Anxiety, worry and panic
  • Autism and Asperger syndrome
  • Body image and eating disorders
  • Bullying
  • Confidence and self-esteem
  • Depression
  • Mood swings
  • OCD
  • Self-harm
  • Stress

and features a number of general titles that cover:

  • Bereavement
  • Divorce and separation
  • Sexuality
  • Sleeping problems
  • Substance abuse

How it works

Health professionals offering support to young people, such as GPs, CYP IAPT practitioners and school nurses, can use the scheme to recommend helpful reading. The scheme can also be used on a self-referral basis. The books are available on the open shelves for anyone to borrow from public libraries.

It is now available in public libraries acoss Cheshire and Wirral.

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