Launch of mental health support scheme for young people

A new service has been launched at Dudley Library as part of a national campaign to raise awareness of mental health issues.

The scheme also provides self-help books for young people, which will be available in all libraries across the borough as part of the Reading Agency’s 'Reading Well Shelf Help' project.

The recommended reading list of 35 books was selected by mental health experts and young people who have had experience of mental health issues.

The books address a number of mental health issues that affect young people including anxiety and depression, self-esteem, body image and eating disorders. The books can be recommended by GPs, school nurses, social workers and other health professionals as well as being free to borrow from the library.  

Jayne Wilkins, Head of Strategy and Development for Dudley Libraries and Archives, said:

“Statistics show that the number of 15 and 16 year olds reporting that they frequently feel anxious or depressed has doubled in the last 30 years and 1 in 10 young people have a diagnosable mental health issue.

“We want young people to understand that if they are feeling isolated, unhappy or alone, help and support is available and these books are just one of the many ways in which we are trying to help.”

The launch event will take place at Dudley library on Thursday 14 April and the Shelf Help books will be available after that date. Books can be borrowed free of charge by library members – people can join for free at any library.

For more information visit your local library.

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