Children's Mental Health Week begins on 4th February 2021.  Below is some information, provided by Libraries NI, which you may find helpful.

 Reading Well for Children

The Reading Well for children booklist was created in response to concerning data about children's mental health. The list of 33 titles, targeted at children in Key Stage 2 (9 – 11years) deals with difficult and challenging situations including anxiety, bereavement and bullying. It includes titles suitable for a wide range of reading levels to support less confident readers. The books have been selected to encourage conversations about mental health and wellbeing between children and their parents or carers and to offer support outside of a clinical setting or whilst waiting for treatment.

Shelf Help – Reading Well for Young People

Reading Well for young people provides 12-18 year olds with a unique catalogue of 35 books recommended by health professionals and young people with first-hand experience of mental health issues. The list recommends expert endorsed books about mental health, providing 12 to 18 year olds with advice and information about issues like anxiety, stress and OCD, and difficult experiences like bullying and exams. The books have all been recommended by young people and health professionals and offer support outside of a clinical setting to teenagers who are struggling to deal with difficult life experiences.

Both collections are available in every library as physical books (available through Book and Collect currently) and some titles will also be available as eBook. Library staff can select books from these titles to be collected by customers by appointment.

During the week pre-recorded videos will be released to promote the collections with speakers such as Debbie Hicks of the Reading Agency which developed these collections, Dr Dawn Huebner whose highly acclaimed book Something Bad Happened: A kid’s guide to coping with events in the news and other titles by her are on the children’s list and Joseph Coelho will read from his poetic picture book, If all the world were…. about the love between a little girl and her grandad and how, through memories, love can live on.