Reading Well for young people, developed by The Reading Agency, the Society of Chief Librarians and the Association of Senior Children's and Education Librarians 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.
The booklist of 35 titles is available in public libraries across England and provides 13 to 18 year-olds with support and advice on common mental health conditions, such as depression, anxiety and stress, as well as difficult experiences like bullying and exams. All of the titles, which include self-help, psycho-education, memoirs, graphic novels and fiction, have been chosen by young people and health professionals.
Health professionals, such as GPs or school nurses, can refer young people to the booklist. The titles are also available for anyone to borrow for free from their local library.
Reading Well for young people is supported by the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies, The British Psychological Society, Mental Health Foundation, Mind, National Association of Primary Care, 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.
Reading Well facts
1 in 10 young people have a diagnosable mental health issue - that's three young people in every classroom.
The proportion of 15/16 year olds reporting that they frequently feel anxious or depressed has doubled in the last 30 years.
In the 2015 evaluation of Reading Well Books on Prescription, 85% of those who had borrowed a book from the adult mental health list said the book had made them feel more confident about managing their symptoms.
Visit our Reading Well website for resources for health professionals and more information about the Reading Well Books on Prescription schemes for adult mental health, and for people with dementia and their carers.
Order promotional materials, including leaflets containing the booklist, which can be used by health professionals to recommend titles.
For contact details of your local library service delivering Reading Well and further information about the scheme, email email@example.com
Our work with young people encourages 13-24 year olds to use the library, volunteer, inspire others to read and organise activities. Because everything changes when we read.