Young adult well-being and support in libraries

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We have completed the changes to our computer systems and most services are back up and running. You can now borrow, return, and renew items, make payments (in a library), borrow ebooks, eAudio and eResources and much more. We are still unable to offer some online services. For further details please see our library news page.

Library resources

Shelf Help

Are you a young person experiencing issues such as anxiety, depression or bullying?

'Shelf Help' – from Reading Well – champions a fantastic range of titles to support your mental health. The list covers a range of issues common among young people, such as: anxiety, depression , OCD, ADHD and autism , confidence, bullying and self-esteem, self harm, body image and eating , mood swings and stress and more general well-being.

Developed by The Reading Agency in consultation with the charity Young Minds, each title in Shelf Help has been endorsed by health professionals, so you can be sure you're getting the right advice.

Young people with first-hand experience of the issues covered have also endorsed the selection; ensuring variety, accessibility and even humour. Most importantly the books help you tackle a difficult issue head-on. Shelf Help offers a varied mix of fiction and non-fiction titles, with many available in a range of audio and eBook formats, so you can read or listen wherever you happen to be.

Young adult non-fiction collection

The young adult non-fiction collection is made up of over eighty titles.

Shelf Help was launched in 2016 and many of the authors included in the scheme have since published books which also explore health and wellbeing and are included in this collection.

In young adult non-fiction you'll find social media, coding, meditation, climate change, feminism and more.

There are no overdue charges on young adult non-fiction borrowed on a young adult's ticket. Once reserved these books can be sent to your local library free of charge.

Need help and support?

The bad times don't last. Help is there but, sometimes, it can be hard to ask for it.

Browse a list of books that we recommend when reassurance and support are needed.

Resources around the web

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The Mix: Essential support for under 25s

The Mix provides support on all aspects of life and mental health via an online community, a free, confidential helpline and their counselling service.

The Samaritans

If you want someone you care about to open up about something that is troubling them, remember these active listening tips from The Samaritans:


  • S - Show you care
    Focus on the other person, make eye contact, put away your phone.
  • H - Have Patience
    It may take time and several attempts before a person is ready to open up.
  • U - Use open questions
    Use open questions that need more than a yes/no answer, and follow up with questions like 'Tell me more?'
  • S - Say it back
    Check you've understood, but don't interrupt or offer a solution.
  • H - Have Courage
    Don't be put off by a negative response and, most importantly, don't feel you have to fill a silence.

For more information visit The Samaritans' guidance on how to support someone you're worried about.

Internet safety

Be Internet SMART provides you with tips to keep you smart and safe on the web.

The Breck Foundation looks at ways of exploring the internet safely. This site provides updates on an internet safety campaign that was started in Surrey by Breck's mother. This site also links to ThinkUknow which has a section for those aged 11–13 and for those aged 14+.