Reading helps teens understand mental health

Teenagers wanting to understand more about mental health issues are being offered support through a new booklist available at local libraries. Reading Well for young people is a new national public library scheme to help young people aged 13-18 years to learn more about mental health and wellbeing through reading.

The booklist of 35 titles offers advice, information and support around common mental health conditions, such as anxiety, depression, stress and eating disorders.It also includes young adult fiction, exploring many of the issues experienced by young people in their everyday lives, such as bereavement, divorce and separation, and bullying.

Reading Well for young people is available in selected Essex libraries from 14 April. The Reading Well for young people booklist is available at the following libraries across Essex: Braintree, Chelmsford, Colchester, Harlow, Saffron Walden, South Woodham Ferrers and Witham.

Culture Minister Ed Vaizey said: ‚ÄúLibraries 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 modern life.”

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