St Helens Library Service has launched a new scheme based around reading inspiring books to support young people’s mental health.
At a time when 1 in 10 young people have a diagnosable mental health issue, The Office for National Statistics, Mental health in children and young people in Great Britain, 2005 St Helens Library Service is today launching a scheme to support them with expert endorsed books available to borrow for free.
Reading Well for young people is a national scheme, part of the hugely successful Reading Well Books on Prescription scheme, which will provide 13-18 year olds with high-quality information, support and advice on a wide-range of mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, eating disorders and self-harm, and difficult life pressures like bullying and
With the proportion of 15-16 year olds reporting that they frequently feel anxious or depressed having doubled in the last 30 years, Changing Adolescence: Social Trends and Mental Health edited by Ann Hagell, Policy Press, 2012 there is an enormous need for quality assured mental health information and advice for young people.
Co-created with a panel of young people who have had experience of mental health issues, the new Reading Well scheme helps young people to understand and manage their wellbeing and emotional resilience.
The books can be recommended by GPs, school nurses, counsellors and other health professionals as well as being free to borrow from the library.
To celebrate the launch of the scheme the full list of titles will be available to borrow from Libraries in St.Helens, free of charge, from Wednesday, April 13.
Culture Minister Ed Vaizey said: “Libraries can play a significant role in the health of local communities by providing free access to advice and information for people of all ages.
“This important new scheme uses libraries, books and reading to reach out to young people to help them manage their mental health and wellbeing, and cope with the pressures of
Reading Well for young people’s recommended reading list of 35 books were selected by mental health experts and young people.
The list includes a wide range of self-help and information titles, as well as memoir, graphic novels and fiction, from hugely influential novels The Curious Incident of
the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon and The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky and popular non-fiction such as Mind Your Head by Juno Dawson, Blame My Brain: The Amazing Teenage Brain Revealed by Nicola Morgan and The Self-Esteem Team’s Guide to Sex, Drugs and WTFs?!! to the self-help guides Banish Your Body Image Thief and Breaking Free from OCD.
St.Helens Libraries also offer the full collection of the national Reading Well Books on Prescription for mental health and also Reading Well Books on Prescription for Dementia books to borrow free of charge, offering advice and support for people with mental health difficulties and their carers.
St Helens Libraries also offer a lot of things for young people to do. Lots of events and activities and teenagers can also volunteer with the service to gain great skills.
The core booklist for Reading Well for Young People:
1. Stuff That Sucks: Accepting What You Can’t Change and Committing to What
You Can by Ben Sedley (Robinson, Little Brown)
2. Mind Your Head by Juno Dawson (Hot Key Books)
3. The Self-Esteem Team’s Guide to Sex, Drugs and WTFs?!! by The
Self-Esteem Team (John Blake Publishing)
4. Blame My Brain: The Amazing Teenage Brain Revealed by Nicola Morgan
5. Quiet the Mind by Matthew Johnstone (Robinson, Little, Brown)
6. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson (Walker Books)
7. Kite Spirit by Sita Brahmachari (Macmillan Children’s Books)
8. House of Windows by Alexia Casale (Faber)
9. Every Day by David Levithan (Electric Monkey, Egmont)
10. Putting on the Brakes: Understanding and Taking Control of Your ADD or
ADHD by Patricia Quinn and Judith Stern (Magination Press, American
11. My Anxious Mind: A Teen’s Guide to Managing Anxiety and Panic by
Michael Tompkins and Katherine Martinez (Magination Press, American
12. The Anxiety Survival Guide for Teens: CBT Skills to Overcome Fear,
Worry and Panic by Jennifer Shannon (New Harbinger Publications, Little,
13. The Shyness and Social Anxiety Workbook for Teens by Jennifer Shannon
(New Harbinger Publications, Little Brown)
14. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky (Simon & Schuster)
15. The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida (Sceptre, Hodder)
16. Freaks, Geeks and Asperger Syndrome: A User’s Guide to Adolescence by
Luke Jackson (Jessica Kingsley)
17. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
18. Teen Life Confidential: Bullies, Cyberbullies and Frenemies by Michele
Elliott (Wayland, Hachette Children’s)
19. Vicious: True Stories by Teens about Bullying ed. Hope Vanderberg (Free
20. Banish Your Self-Esteem Thief: A Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Workbook
on Building Positive Self-Esteem for Young People by Kate
Collins-Donnelly (Jessica Kingsley)
21. Teen Life Confidential: Self-Esteem and Being You by Anita Naik
(Wayland, Hachette Children’s)
22. Face by Benjamin Zephaniah (Bloomsbury)
23. Am I Depressed and What Can I Do About it? by Shirley Reynolds and
Monika Parkinson (Robinson, Little, Brown)
24. I Had a Black Dog by Matthew Johnstone (Robinson, Little, Brown)
25. Can I Tell You About Depression? by Christopher Dowrick and Susan
Martin (Jessica Kingsley)
26. Can I Tell You About Eating Disorders? by Bryan Lask and Lucy Watson
27. Banish Your Body Image Thief by Kate Collins-Donnelly (Jessica
28. Tyranny by Lesley Fairfield (Walker Books)
29. Don’t Let Your Emotions Run Your Life for Teens by Sheri van Dijk (New Harbinger Publications, Little, Brown)
30. Touch and Go Joe by Joe Wells (Jessica Kingsley)
31. Breaking Free from OCD: A CBT Guide for Young People and their Families by Jo Derisley, Isobel Heyman, Sarah Robinson, Cynthia Turner (Jessica
32. The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B by Teresa Toten (Walker Books)
33. The Truth About Self-Harm by Celia Richardson (Mental Health
34. Fighting Invisible Tigers: A Stress Management Guide for Teens by Earl
Hipp (Free Spirit Publishing)
35. Teenage Guide to Stress by Nicola Morgan (Walker Books)