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At a time when 1 in 10 young people have a diagnosable mental health issue, it's important to support them with expert endorsed books available to borrow for free from East Riding libraries.

Reading Well for young people is a national scheme, part of the hugely successful Reading Well Books on Prescription scheme, which provides 13-18 year-olds with high-quality information, support and advice on a wide-range of mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, eating disorders and self-harm, and difficult life pressures, like bullying and exams.

With the proportion of 15-16 year olds reporting that they frequently feel anxious or depressed having doubled in the last 30 years, there is an enormous need for quality assured mental health information and advice for young people. Co-created with a panel of young people who have had experience of mental health issues, the Reading Well scheme helps young people to understand and manage their wellbeing and emotional resilience. The books can be recommended by GPs, school nurses, counsellors and other health professionals as well as being free to borrow from the library.

Mike McDermott, associate director of Public Health, said: "I am delighted that we are involved in this fantastic scheme that has the potential to make a real difference to the lives of young people. "Not only is the scheme one example of how libraries can help people to improve their knowledge and scope of reading, it makes our local community a better place to be".

Reading Well for young people's recommended reading list of 35 books were selected by mental health experts and young people. The list includes a wide range of self-help and information titles, as well as memoir, graphic novels and fiction, from hugely influential novels The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon and The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky and popular non-fiction such as Mind Your Head by Juno Dawson, Blame My Brain: The Amazing Teenage Brain Revealed by Nicola Morgan and The Self-Esteem Team's Guide to Sex, Drugs and WTFs?!! to the self-help guides Banish Your Body Image Thief and Breaking Free from OCD.

The core booklist for Reading Well for young people:

1. Stuff That Sucks: Accepting What You Can't Change and Committing to What You Can by Ben Sedley (Robinson, Little Brown)
2. Mind Your Head by Juno Dawson (Hot Key Books)
3. The Self-Esteem Team's Guide to Sex, Drugs and WTFs?!! by The Self-Esteem Team (John Blake Publishing)
4. Blame My Brain: The Amazing Teenage Brain Revealed by Nicola Morgan (Walker Books)
5. Quiet the Mind by Matthew Johnstone (Robinson, Little, Brown)
6. I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson (Walker Books)
7. Kite Spirit by Sita Brahmachari (Macmillan Children's Books)
8. House of Windows by Alexia Casale (Faber)
9. Every Day by David Levithan (Electric Monkey, Egmont)
10. Putting on the Brakes: Understanding and Taking Control of Your ADD or ADHD by Patricia Quinn and Judith Stern (Magination Press, American Psychological Association)
11. My Anxious Mind: A Teen's Guide to Managing Anxiety and Panic by Michael Tompkins and Katherine Martinez (Magination Press, American Psychological Association)
12. The Anxiety Survival Guide for Teens: CBT Skills to Overcome Fear, Worry and Panic by Jennifer Shannon (New Harbinger Publications, Little, Brown)
13. The Shyness and Social Anxiety Workbook for Teens by Jennifer Shannon (New Harbinger Publications, Little Brown)
14. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky (Simon & Schuster)
15. The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida (Sceptre, Hodder)
16. Freaks, Geeks and Asperger Syndrome: A User's Guide to Adolescence by Luke Jackson (Jessica Kingsley)
17. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon (Vintage)
18. Teen Life Confidential: Bullies, Cyberbullies and Frenemies by Michele Elliott (Wayland, Hachette Children's)
19. Vicious: True Stories by Teens about Bullying ed. Hope Vanderberg (Free Spirit Publishing)
20. Banish Your Self-Esteem Thief: A Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Workbook on Building Positive Self-Esteem for Young People by Kate Collins-Donnelly (Jessica Kingsley)
21. Teen Life Confidential: Self-Esteem and Being You by Anita Naik (Wayland, Hachette Children's)
22. Face by Benjamin Zephaniah (Bloomsbury)
23. Am I Depressed and What Can I Do About it? by Shirley Reynolds and Monika Parkinson (Robinson, Little, Brown)
24. I Had a Black Dog by Matthew Johnstone (Robinson, Little, Brown)
25. Can I Tell You About Depression? by Christopher Dowrick and Susan Martin (Jessica Kingsley)
26. Can I Tell You About Eating Disorders? by Bryan Lask and Lucy Watson (Jessica Kingsley)
27. Banish Your Body Image Thief by Kate Collins-Donnelly (Jessica Kingsley)
28. Tyranny by Lesley Fairfield (Walker Books)
29. Don't Let Your Emotions Run Your Life for Teens by Sheri van Dijk (New Harbinger Publications, Little, Brown)
30. Touch and Go Joe by Joe Wells (Jessica Kingsley)
31. Breaking Free from OCD: A CBT Guide for Young People and their Families by Jo Derisley, Isobel Heyman, Sarah Robinson, Cynthia Turner (Jessica Kingsley)
32. The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B by Teresa Toten (Walker Books)
33. The Truth About Self-Harm by Celia Richardson (Mental Health Foundation)
34. Fighting Invisible Tigers: A Stress Management Guide for Teens by Earl Hipp (Free Spirit Publishing)
35. Teenage Guide to Stress by Nicola Morgan (Walker Books)

For more information visit reading-well.org.uk/shelfhelp