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 has launched a new reading well for its teenage collection to coincide with World Mental Health Day which takes place today (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.
In 2020, nearly half of young people say they don’t feel in control of their lives and almost a third say they feel 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.
Libraries Executive Member Cllr Greg White said: “Our libraries have embraced the Reading Well curriculum 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.
You can find more information about the Reading Well collection at the Reading Agency website.