Book collection launched in North Yorkshire to support young people’s mental health

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Read Well: From left to right, Library Supervisor Elivia Camilleri, Outreach Librarian Charlotte Simpson, Library Member Bella and Library Supervisor Ruth Partington

A new collection of books designed to support young people’s mental health has been launched to deal with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

The North Yorkshire Library Service launched a new reading well for its teenage collection to coincide with World Mental Health Day which took place on October 10.

The disruption of the lives of young people by the pandemic, as well as issues such as growing concern about global warming, have increased uncertainty about identity, position in society and future plans.

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In 2020, nearly half of young people report feeling out of control and nearly a third report feeling overwhelmed by feelings of panic and anxiety on a daily basis.

The Reading Well collection focuses on topics such as body image, grief, social anxiety, confidence building, online survival, sexuality, gender identity and mental health. It caters to a wide range of reading levels and formats to support less confident readers and encourage engagement.

North Yorkshire County Council Executive Member for Libraries, Cllr Greg White, said: “Our libraries have embraced the Reading Well program for some years, already focusing on mental health, dementia and issues facing young people .

“This latest collection adds another layer to the support young people can find at their library, again demonstrating their important role in maintaining the health and well-being of the communities they serve.

“Every library in North Yorkshire will display titles from the new collection and any unavailable titles can be requested and borrowed free of charge.”

The Reading Well Collection is curated by The Reading Agency in partnership with experts from organizations and accredited professionals, including NHS England, leading mental health charities and library staff.

Submitted by North Yorkshire County Council

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