Find Shelf Help in your local library with the Reading Well book list. If you want a little more information on the titles, here’s what you need to know.
Pick between fiction, non-fiction and even a graphic novel that cover general topics including looking after your mental health and wellbeing, learning to cope with everyday life and looking after your self-esteem.
Mind Your Head by Juno Dawson covers topics from anxiety and depression, to addiction, self-harm and personality disorders. It is frank, factual and funny and is a great first step if you want to start a conversation about your mental health.
Stuff That Sucks by Ben Sedley does just what it says on the cover. It talks simply about stuff that sucks and how we can work towards accepting and dealing with it.
Every Day by David Levithan is a novel that will make you view the world from a different perspective.
The Self-Esteem Team’s Guide to Sex, Drugs and WTFs?!! by The Self-Esteem team is the book anyone who thinks they’re the only one struggling through their teens. Natasha Devon, Grace Barrett and Nadia Mendoza are a force to be reckoned with in young people’s mental health, and have been super positive about the scheme.
I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson is a novel that will leave you laughing and crying – all at once. One review simply reads I wanted to read it quickly but also didn’t want it to end.
Kite Spirit by Sita Brahmachari is a potent story about grief, friendship, acceptance and making your heart whole again.
Quiet the Mind by Matthew Johnstone is a gorgeous graphic novel depicting ways that you can stay mindful. Simple and accessible, it’s a perfect way in.
Blame My Brain by Nicola Morgan is an everything in one place guide to the biological mysteries that lie behind teenage brains. It explains why your brain doesn’t always feel in tune with the rest of you.
Putting on the Brakes: Understanding and Taking Control of Your ADD or ADHD by Patricia Quinn. If you or someone you care about has ADHD, this book gives you all the tools for success and will make you feel empowered.
Anxiety, Worry and Panic
My Anxious Mind by Michael Tompkins helps you take control of your anxious feelings and start feeling more confident.
The Anxiety Survival Guide for Teens by Jennifer Shannon is a much-need go to guide to help you break free from worry. Don’t let anxiety stop you reaching your goals with this easy to read guide.
The Shyness and Social Anxiety Workbook for Teens by Jennifer Shannon is a simple work book to accompany you reading The Anxiety Survival Guide for Teens.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky is a haunting novel about the dilemma between being passive and being passionate. Now a modern classic, it shows the roller coaster growing up can become.
Autism and Asperger Syndrome
Freaks, Geeks and Asperger Syndrome by Luke Jackson is an honest and witty read that attempts to address difficult topics he himself experience whilst growing up with Asperger’s Syndrome.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon is a modern classic. A tale that begins with the unexplained murder of the neighbourhood dog, and follows the wonderful story of Christopher Boone, a fifteen year old boy with Asperger’s Syndrome.
The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida is an internationally best selling account of a 13 year old boy’s honest and giving answers to all the questions he faces living with autism. This book will give you an understanding that you really need to have.
Body Image and Eating Disorders
Can I Tell You About Eating Disorders? by Lucy Watson gives simple explanations to questions about eating disorders. It’s clear, concise and incredibly informative.
Banish Your Body Image Thief by Kate Collins-Donnelly is a fantastically imaginative workbook full of activities and ways for you to build a positive body image. Banish negative thoughts and feelings with this great guide.
Bullies, Cyberbullies and Frenemies by Michele Elliott teaches you how to beat the bullies with this essential guide to bullying, cyberbullying and friendship.
Vicious edited by Hope Vanderberg tells real stories about people who lived and overcame bullying.
Confidence and Self-Esteem
Banish Your Self-Esteem Thief by Kate Collins-Donnelly is full of tips and mindfulness principles to help you get rid of negative thoughts and build healthy self-esteem.
Self-Esteem and Being You by Anita Naik is an essential guide to help you believe in yourself and prepare for a positive future.
Face by Benjamin Zephaniah is a beautiful novel about self-esteem and acceptance. It’s a book that will teach you a lot.
Am I Depressed and What Can I Do About It? by Shirley Reynolds follows a simple structure using real life stories and looks at depression from a parent’s point of view. If you feel misunderstood by adults around you, this could be a stepping stone.
Can I Tell You about Depression? by Christopher Dowrick is an ideal introduction to depression. How it feels, how it can affect those around you and how you can get support.
I Had a Black Dog by Matthew Johnstone gives you a very special insight into how living with depression feels. It is frank, but positive. You can also see a video of the title made by the World Health Organisation.
Don’t Let Your Emotions Run Your Life for Teens by Sheri Van Dijk is a clear and concise guide to techniques to improve mood and wellbeing.
The Truth about Self-Harm by the Mental Health Foundation is an essential guide for anyone who has questions about self-harm. It gives great advice for friends and family members who want to provide support.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Breaking Free from OCD by Jo Derisley is a step by step manual on how to take control of your OCD and take back control of your life.
The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B by Teresa Toten is a beautiful and heart-warming novel about living with OCD and how it shouldn’t ever limit you.
Touch and Go Joe by Joe Wells is an honest and hilarious account of living with OCD. Joe Wells packs this full of useful advice and strategies.
Fighting Invisible Tigers by Earl Hipp helps you to wade through the dense jungle full of invisible tigers, and beat the stress that’s holding you down.
The Teenage Guide to Stress by Nicola Morgan is a wide-ranging, reassuring read that looks at the stresses you face, and how to take control of them to keep your mental health and wellbeing in check.