Pressures of modern living include family breakdown, 24 hour social networking, physical and cyber bullying, sexual, school and exam pressures!
Did you know that 10% of children and young people in Britain have a diagnosable mental health condition?
1 in 10 young people deliberately self-harm and 300,000 young people have an anxiety disorder!
Most do not receive appropriate interventions at a sufficiently early age to prevent further incidence. Poor mental health for young people has serious implication for later life affecting wellbeing and the ability to work and earn as adults.
Reading Well is a collection of 35 books which 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.
They are funded nationally by the Arts Council and the Wellcome Trust and locally by North Somerset Library Service and North Somerset Clinical Commissioning group. Books can be recommended or “prescribed” by health professionals and school staff; they are also available for you to browse and borrow.
Reading Well books can help you cope with the pressures of life, boost your confidence and help you with difficult feelings and experiences.
The Reading Well books are located in the Learning Resources Centre and a member of the library staff will be more than happy to help find the right book. You can also speak to other adults such as your Tutor, Year Leader, a Learning Mentor, an Anti-bullying Champion or the School Nurse if you are feeling anxious or have any issues you need help or advice with.