Shelf Help – books to help understand and manage your emotions.

During World Mental Health Week all students had an assembly on how to keep their minds as well as their bodies healthy. Each one concluded with information about the Shelf Help collection in the School Library.

Part of Books on Prescription, the self-help books have been chosen with the help of several agencies and the collection is aiming to support young people, their parents/carers and friends. (Our collection has been kindly donated to us by North Somerset Libraries)


The books have information and advice as well as personal stories about dealing with feelings of anxiety and depression, experiences including bullying and eating disorders and conditions such as ADHD and autism. There are personal stories, graphic novels and fiction: reading about other people’s experiences and feelings can often help you understand your own.

The books aim to support those who are waiting for treatment, maybe young people who might not have told someone yet,  or carers and friends needing more information. The collection is clearly sign posted and be assured that staff can help with knowledge and discretion.

We have leaflets with details of the books available, titles can be requested and items borrowed for 6 weeks at a time.


A list of the books can be found on the Library Search page on Frog – choose Shelf Help.    We are happy for you to contact Library Staff by phone or email us at  

More information can also be found on the Reading Well website.