Reading Well helps people to understand and manage their health and wellbeing using recommended reading for all ages.
Reading Well for teens supports the mental health and wellbeing of teens, providing information, advice and support to better understand their feelings, handle difficult experiences and boost confidence.
Reading Well books are recommended by health experts and people living with the conditions covered. People can be recommended a title by a health professional, or they can visit their local library and take a book out for free.
Many of the Reading Well titles are also available to borrow as e-books and audiobooks. "Visit your local library":https://www.gov.uk/local-library-services website to find out how to join the library and access books electronically.
There are currently five Reading Well booklists available, including Reading Well for Mental Health which provides helpful information and support for managing common mental health conditions. For more information about Reading Well or see our current list of Reading Well book lists here.
Reading Well is delivered by The Reading Agency in partnership with "Libraries Connected":https://www.librariesconnected.org.uk/ as part of the Libraries Connected Universal Health Offer. It is funded by Arts Council England and "Welsh Government":https://www.gov.wales/?lang=en. Reading Well is supported by a range of professional health bodies including NHS England, the Royal College of GPs, the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the British Psychological Society.
About the books:
The booklist is targeted at teenagers (13-18) and includes self-help techniques, personal stories, graphic books, fiction and a selection of supporting digital resources. The 27 books feature a range of topics including managing feelings, neurodiversity, body image, bereavement, social anxiety, learning about life, boosting confidence, surviving online, and sexuality, gender identity and mental health.
Reading Well for teens is available in Wales as part of an integrated programme. A selection of the books are available in Welsh and can be borrowed for free from public libraries.
How Reading Well for teens works:
The books are chosen and recommended by health experts, as well as teenagers. Teens can be recommended a titles by a teacher or health professional, or they can borrow a book for free from their local library. The scheme has been developed to speak to the needs of young people and reflect the challenges they currently face.
Impact and reach
Reading Well is evaluated each year to ensure that it delivers positive outcomes. Over 3 million Reading Well books have been borrowed from libraries and 100% of
young people would recommend their Reading Well book for support with dealing with difficult feelings and experiences.
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