New reading scheme to support young people on issues surrounding mental health

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Nottinghamshire County Council’s Inspire is taking part in a national scheme at Nottinghamshire’s libraries to support young people on issues surrounding mental health with expert endorsed books available to borrow for free.

Reading Well for Young People is part of the hugely successful Reading Well Books on Prescription scheme, which will provide 13 to 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, and difficult life pressures, like bullying and exams.

Co-created with a panel of young people who have had experience of mental health issues, the new Reading Well scheme helps young people to understand and manage their wellbeing and emotional resilience.

The books can be recommended by GPs, school nurses, counsellors and other health professionals as well as being free to borrow from the library.

The scheme is delivered by The Reading Agency in partnership with the Society of Chief Librarians and the Association of Senior Children’s and Education Librarians and it is supported by a range of health organisations including NHS England (IAPT), Public Health England, Mental Health Foundation, Mind and YoungMinds.