County libraries stock collection of books to support young people's mental health

A collection of 35 books providing information, support and advice on a wide-range of mental health issues for young people can now be borrowed through Worcestershire's Libraries. Endorsed by experts and aimed at 13 – 18 years olds the 'Shelf-Help' books cover issues such as anxiety, depression, eating disorders and self-harm, and difficult life pressures, like bullying and exams.

The new collection can be found on the shelves of Bromsgrove, Droitwich, Evesham, The Hive, Kidderminster, Malvern, Tenbury and Wythall libraries, but can also be requested through the library catalogue from any library in the county. The books are all free to borrow as long as you are a library member. Library membership is free, quick and easy to set up, all you need is proof of identification. Pershore and Woodrush High Schools both have a full set of the books and all 35 are also available to schools via the Schools' Library Service.

Worcestershire's Reading Well for Young People books have been funded by Public Health, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) Transformation Fund. The collection is part of the Reading Agency's scheme Reading Well for Young People and is an extension of their scheme Reading Well Books on Prescription for adults. Borrowers can be introduced to the book titles in the scheme via their doctor, but they can also find out about more about them by talking to library staff or independently by browsing the library catalogue and using the self-issue machines to check out books.

Councillor Lucy Hodgson, cabinet member for localism and communities said: "We are really keen to support the Reading Agency's Reading Well for Young People scheme. The Books on Prescription books we have in our libraries are well used and is important that we extend the information and advice we provide on mental health issues to young people".

To find out more about Reading Well for Young People visit https://readingagency.org.uk/news/media/new-national-reading-scheme-to-support-young-peoples-mental-health.html or ask in your local library.

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