Reading Well for young people

Expert endorsed books about mental health for young people

October 21, 2016

The Reading Agency working with the Society of Chief Librarians and the Association of Senior Children’s and Education Librarians launched Reading Well for young people in April 2016. The scheme is supported by Arts Council England and the Wellcome Trust.

Reading Well for young people recommends expert endorsed books about mental health, providing 13 to 18 year-olds with support and advice on common mental health conditions, for example:

  • 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

The books, which include self-help, psycho-education, memoirs, graphic novels and fiction, have all been chosen by young people and health professionals, and are available to borrow for free from public libraries.

Reading Well for young people is part of the successful Reading Well Books on Prescription programme, which since its launch in 2013 has reached half a million people with expert endorsed self-help reading available in public libraries.

Reading Well for young people is supported by the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies, The British Psychological Society, Mental Health Foundation, Mind, NHS England (Children and Young People’s Mental Health), Public Health England, Royal College of General Practitioners, Royal College of Nursing, Royal College of Psychiatrists and YoungMinds.

Find out more on the Reading Well website

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