Last summer, the Reading Agency announced the Reading Well Shelf Help initiative designed to support the mental health needs of young people across the country. Part of the Reading Well Books on Prescription scheme, it was established to provide 13 to 18 year olds which information and advice on a broad range of mental health issues including anxiety and depression, as well as other life pressures such as bullying and exams. The Shelf Help booklists themselves were chosen by young people and health experts and made available in public libraries (see our special page about the scheme here or read our blog post from last year).
Fast forward to 2017; in January, a new mood boosting booklist was announced, seventeen titles suggested by Reading Hack groups, young library volunteers and visitors to the 2016 YA Weekender. The final list was decided by young people from Shoreditch Library, ensuring that for the second time, the books were selected by young people FOR young people. Read more about it here and find the full list of books here; once again, the list- ranging from fiction, to poetry, to a graphic novel- is incredibly varied, including titles by Patrick Ness, Rainbow Rowell, Holly Bourne amongst others.
You can find these books in branch and on our library catalogue here, so why not pick one up or reserve yourself a copy to give your mood a boost?