10 October 2016

Northamptonshire libraries has today launched its Reading Well for Young People collection to mark World Mental Health Day.

The collection is part of the Reading Well Books on Prescription programme which, developed by The Reading Agency, the Society of Chief Librarians and the Association of Senior Children’s and Education Librarians, aims to support local communities to understand and manage their mental health and wellbeing.

Mental health support

Reading Well for Young People is the latest initiative from Northamptonshire libraries, providing 13 to 18 year-olds with support and advice on common mental health conditions and teen issues such as depression, anxiety, bullying and exam stress.

A 2015 evaluation of the of the Reading Well Books on Prescription (adult) programme, found that 85 per cent of those who had borrowed a title from the adult mental health list said the book had made them feel more confident about managing their symptoms.

First for Wellbeing Library Service Manager Carl Dorney said he was delighted to launch the new range, which he expected would be as successful for young people as it had been for adults.

“Our Reading Well Books on Prescription collection has been a huge success for adults looking for information on mental health concerns, so we are really pleased to now be able to offer a specific collection for young people,” he said.

“World Mental Health Day is a great opportunity to highlight the crucial role libraries and library staff play in health and wellbeing in the community, with this new collection another step forward in helping us to achieve our vision of becoming one of the healthiest counties in the country.”

Find out more

Northamptonshire libraries are delivered by First for Wellbeing on behalf of Northamptonshire County Council. To find out more about the Reading Well Books on Prescription scheme please visit www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/readingwell.