19 May 2016

Last night saw the launch of Sheffield Libraries Reading Well Collection. The collection of 35 books, available to borrow for free from local libraries, provides Sheffield teenagers with support and advice on mental health issues such as depression and self-harm as well as how to deal with bullying and exam pressures.

One in 10 young people will suffer from some form of mental health problem.  Initiatives such as the Reading Well Collection can help provide young people with the tools they need to understand and manage their own wellbeing and emotional resilience, to prevent any problems becoming more serious.

The library service is calling on GPs, teachers, mental health practitioners, school nurses and librarians to make the young people they work with aware of the collection.

David Bowes Chief Executive of the Tapton School Academy Trust said: “From a schools perspective, it is an invaluable resource to be able to signpost youngsters, their parents and carers towards. Promoting, protecting and improving our youngsters mental health and well-being is absolutely essential. The collections will also be of great interest to health professionals involved with initiatives such as The Future in Mind project.”

Councillor Jack Scott, Cabinet Member for Community Services and Libraries at Sheffield City Council, said:  “This is a really exciting development, which builds on the work we have been doing with schools and their students to raise awareness and knowledge of mental health issues.

“Books can be an excellent way to equip young people with the tools they need to understand and manage their own wellbeing and emotional resilience, helping our young people manage their problems before they become more serious.”