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Self Help Reading List

Shelf Help Reading List Launched in Beds Libraries

 

At a time when 1 in 10 young people have a diagnosable mental health issue, Bedford Borough Council and Central Bedfordshire Council are launching the Reading Well for Young People: Shelf Help scheme in libraries across Bedfordshire.

 

Shelf Help is part of the hugely successful Reading Well: Books on Prescription scheme and provides 13-18 year-olds with high-quality information, support and advice on a wide-range of mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, eating disorders and self-harm; as well as difficult life experiences, like bullying and exams.

A reading list of 35 books has been selected by mental health experts and young people, and is available at a number of libraries across Bedfordshire. The Shelf Help reading list includes a wide range of self-help and information titles, as well as memoirs, graphic novels and fiction.

 

Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture, Bedford Borough Councillor Sarah-Jayne Holland, said: ‘With a rise in the proportion of teenagers reporting that they frequently feel anxious or depressed there is a need for quality assured mental health information and advice for young people. Shelf Help is a great source of support for them; as well as for parents and professionals working with young people.’

 

‘Shelf Help is not designed to be used as a substitute for health services, but to help young people manage their emotional wellbeing and reduce stigma around mental health issues.’

 

Councillor Ian Dalgarno, Central Bedfordshire Council Deputy Executive Member for Community Services, said: ‘Mental health issues are something that can affect all of us, so the more help and support that is made available, the better.’

 

‘Seeking the advice of health services is so important and the Shelf Help scheme can work as an additional resource for young people with a wide range of mental health issues. We are delighted to make the specially written books and other materials available for free at Central Bedfordshire Libraries.’

 

The Reading Well Shelf Help Booklist will launch on 16th January also known as Blue Monday, as it is thought to be the day of the year when most people suffer low moods.

The full selection of books will be available at Bedford Central Library, Putnoe Library, Kempston Library in Bedford Borough. As well as BiggleswadeDunstable FlitwickHoughton RegisLeighton BuzzardSandy and Shefford Libraries in Central Bedfordshire.

 

To view the full list of books click here and to find out more about Shelf Help please click here.  

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