Shelf Help to mark World Mental Health Day

Libraries across North Somerset are celebrating Shelf Help on World Mental Health Day, Monday 10 October.

Shelf Help, also known as Reading Well for young people, aims to help young people cope with the pressures of life, boost confidence and help with difficult feelings and experiences through expert endorsed books about mental health.

Thanks to funding from the North Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group, secondary schools in North Somerset and Weston College’s Knightstone Campus library are now able to make the Reading Well for young people collection of books available to young people. The collection of books is already available to young people and adults through public libraries.

Part of the national Books on Prescription scheme, Reading Well for young people consists of 35 books which have all been chosen by young people and health experts. 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. Some of the recommended books suggest useful self-help techniques. There are also personal stories, graphic novels and fiction. Reading about other people’s experiences and feelings can sometimes help you understand your own.

The books are free to borrow from your local public library. If a book is not immediately available, it can be reserved for free. It is free to join the library and there are no overdue charges on Reading Well books if they are returned late. Public libraries also have Books on Prescription collections for common mental health conditions and dementia aimed at adults.

A list of the books is available from your local library or