Reading Well is a collection of books that can help you cope with the pressures of life, boost your confidence and help you with difficult feelings and experiences.
The 35 books have all been chosen by young people and health experts and can be borrowed from our libraries. They contain information and advice as well as personal stories about dealing with feelings such as anxiety, depression or stress, or experiences such as bullying.
Here are a selection of the books you can borrow:
Contrary to popular (parental) opinion, teenagers are not the lazy, unpleasant louts they occasionally appear to be. During the teenage years the brain is undergoing its most radical and fundamental change since the age of two. Nicola Morgan’s carefully researched, accessible and humorous examination of the ups and downs of the teenage brain has chapters dealing with powerful emotions, the need for more sleep, the urge to take risks, the difference between genders and the reasons behind addiction or depression. The revised edition of this classic book contains important new research, including information on mirror neurons and their effect on the teenage brain.
From the critically acclaimed author of This Book Is Gay, James Dawson, now writing as Juno Dawson. We all have a mind, so we all need to take care of our mental health as much as we need to take care of our physical health. And the first step is being able to talk about our mental health. Juno Dawson leads the way with this frank, factual and funny book, with added information and support from clinical psychologist Dr Olivia Hewitt. Covering topics from anxiety and depression to addiction, self-harm and personality disorders, Juno and Olivia talk clearly and supportively about a range of issues facing young people’s mental health – whether fleeting or long-term – and how to manage them. With real-life stories from young people around the world and witty illustrations from Gemma Correll.
Stress is something we all experience, but research suggests that adolescents are affected in unique ways that can lead to increases in impulsive and risky behaviour. While eliminating stress completely isn’t realistic, young people can learn to control how they respond to it. Fighting Invisible Tigers offers proven techniques that teens can use to deal with stressful situations in any environment – in school, at home, even among friends. It also includes fully up-to-date information on how stress affects health and decision making, as well as the latest stress management skills. Filled with interesting facts, real life stories, and fun activities, this is a great resource for teens everywhere
To borrow these books, check out our catalogue to see if it’s in a library near you: http://bit.ly/1zSCJlf
Visit the Reading Agency website for more details about the Reading Well scheme.