Young people's mental health advice available in your local library

Libraries now have a collection of books that offer tips and ideas to help young people understand and manage their emotions

YOUNG people seeking advice on exam stress, anxiety, depression, bullying, self-harm, eating disorders and body issues need look no further than their local library.

A collection of 35 teenage self-help books entitled Reading Well for young people is now available to borrow for free from libraries across Northern Ireland.

The books on the list have been chosen by young people and health professionals to help other young people, age 13-18 years. They offer tips and ideas to help young people understand and manage their emotions as well as cope with difficult situations.

Reading about other people’s experiences and feelings can sometimes help people understand their own. Some of the recommended books suggest useful self-help techniques and the books include personal stories, graphic novels and fiction.

Fictional titles include Face by Benjamin Zephania and Kite Spirit by Sita Brahmachari, the story of a young girl whose life falls apart during the summer of her GCSEs. Kite’s world implodes when her best friend kills herself after struggling with the pressure to achieve.

Informative books written especially for young readers include Self-Esteem and Being You by Anita Naik, Bullies, Cyberbullies and Frenemies by Michelle Elliott and Blame My Brain: The Amazing Teenage Brain Revealed by Nicola Morgan.

The Reading Well for young people scheme is endorsed by health professionals and supported by public libraries, and aims to provides quality assured information and advice to help young people understand and manage their mental health.

:: You can see the full list of titles and share your reviews on the Libraries NI website at

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