A new "shelf help" collection has been launched in Wolverhampton's libraries to enable young people to better cope with problems they may be facing.

The Reading Well scheme highlights 35 books and novels which can help young readers who are suffering from issues such as body image problems, eating disorders, low self esteem, bullying, stress or poor mental health. Titles also focus on conditions such as ADHD, OCD, autism and Asperger's Syndrome.

The collection was launched at Central Library this week. Councillor John Reynolds, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for City Economy, said: "We know there are thousands of young people in Wolverhampton who are at risk of poor mental health because of a variety of issues.

"The Reading Well books have been chosen by health experts and young people themselves to help them deal with some of these problems.

"We know that reading about other people's feelings can sometimes help people understand their own, and these books are packed with information and advice as well as personal stories about dealing with things like anxiety, depression, stress and bullying.

"The titles also offer tips and ideas to help young people understand and manage their emotions, as well as coping with difficult situations."

Titles in the "shelf help" collection can be borrowed by any young person who is a member of one of Wolverhampton's libraries. The full stock is available from Central Library, and district branches can order titles in for collection. Health and children's services professionals are also encouraged to recommend titles to their patients or service users.

For more details of the books available, please visit Type=links;Linkid=7219;Title=Reading Well;Target=_blank;.

Reading Well has been developed by The Reading Agency in partnership with the Society of Chief Librarians and Association of Senior Children's and Education Librarians. The scheme is funded by Arts Council England and the Wellcome Trust.

  • released: Wednesday 25 May, 2016