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Find shelf help in your local library

Reading Well is a collection of books that can help you cope with the pressures of life, boost your confidence and help you with difficult feelings and experiences.

The 35 books have all been chosen by young people and health experts. They contain information and advice as well as personal stories about dealing with feelings such as anxiety, depression or stress, or experiences such as bullying.

Look out for the books in your local library – they’re free to borrow. You can see the full list of titles and share your reviews on the Reading Well website.

How can books help?

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The books on the Reading Well list offer tips and ideas to help you understand and manage your emotions as well as cope with difficult situations.

Some of the recommended books suggest useful self-help techniques. There are also personal stories, graphic novels and fiction. Reading about other people’s experiences and feelings can sometimes help you understand your own.

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What if I need more help?

You don’t need to struggle with difficult feelings on your own. Your GP will be able to offer help and advice. You might find it helpful to talk things through with people you trust such as your parents, a friend, teacher, or school nurse.

These websites might also be useful:

My CAMHS Choices has information and short films on mental health services
YoungMinds is a national charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of young people
Childline available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

About Reading Well

Reading Well has been developed by The Reading Agency in partnership with the Society of Chief Librarians and Association of Senior Children’s and Education Librarians. The scheme is funded by Arts Council England and the Wellcome Trust.

Reading Well 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.

If you’re a health professional and would like to find out more about the scheme and access supporting resources, visit our Reading Well website.