Mental health support and conditions (booklist)

Illness and Health Conditions

As part of its successful Reading Well Books on Prescription scheme, The Reading Agency, Society of Chief Librarians (SCL) and the Association of Senior Children’s and Education Librarians (ASCEL) are launching Reading Well for young people.

The scheme is part of SCL’s Public Library Health Offer and ASCEL’s Children’s Promise and has been developed with young people and leading health organisations.


A booklist of 35 titles has been developed to provide young people aged 13 to 18 with advice, information and support around common mental health conditions. The booklist features self-help, psycho-education, memoirs, graphic novels and fiction in the following areas:

  • ADHD
  • Anxiety, worry and panic
  • Autism and Asperger syndrome
  • Body image and eating disorders
  • Bullying
  • Confidence and self-esteem
  • Depression
  • Mood swings
  • OCD
  • Self-harm
  • Stress

The booklist also features a number of general titles that cover:

  • Bereavement
  • Divorce and separation
  • Sexuality
  • Sleeping problems
  • Substance abuse

How it works

Health professionals offering support to young people, such as GPs, CYP IAPT practitioners and school nurses, can use the scheme to recommend helpful reading. The scheme can also be used on a self-referral basis. The books are available on the open shelves for anyone to borrow from public libraries.

It is now available in public libraries from April 2016.