These can be trying times, with plans on hold and everyone adapting to a new and ever-changing reality. Books and reading can support mental wellbeing and The Reading Agency’s Shelf Help book collection aimed specifically aimed at 13-18 year olds might help.
This collection of 35 books is recommended by health professionals and young people with experience of mental health issues. It includes self-help books, memoirs, graphic novels and fiction that can guide teenagers to support and advice for common mental health conditions, such as depression, anxiety and stress. Before COVID-19, research showed that 1 in 10 young people struggle with their mental health.
The Shelf Help books can all be found in Manchester Libraries, but many of them are also available digitally and are therefore available whilst Libraries are closed. The following Shelf Help books are available as eBooks from Borrowbox:
- Blame my Brain by Nicola Morgan
- I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
- Mind Your Head by Juno Dawson
- Kite Spirit by Sita Brahmachari
- Stuff That Sucks: A Teen’s Guide To Accepting What You Can’t Change and Committing to What You Can by Ben Sedley
- House of Windows by Alexia Casale
- The Shyness and Social Anxiety Workbook for Teens: CBT and ACT Skills to Help You Build Social Confidence
- The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
- Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
- Face by Benjamin Zephaniah
- Don’t Let Your Emotions Run Your Life for Teens by Sheri Van Dijk
- The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B by Teresa Toten
- The Teenage Guide to Stress by Nicola Morgan
With research showing that reading has a positive impact on wellbeing, it has never been more important to take at least 10 minutes each day to read.
All children and young people in Greater Manchester can now access free online counselling and emotional well-being support. The Kooth online counselling and emotional wellbeing platform will be available to any young person who may be struggling with their mental health during the COVID-19 outbreak.