Shelf Help: books to support Mental Health Awareness Week 2018

It has been  Mental Health Awareness Week this week, and time for us to remind you 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)


Book List for Shelf help

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.

Our collection is on display near the main desk. Titles can be requested and items borrowed for 6 weeks at a time.

Shelf Help display 2017

The list of the books can also 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.


Books featuring characters on the Autistic spectrum and/or with ADHD: a periodic book list

We frequently collect together resources on a particular theme/topic/genre for school and have decided to store them here. We have also given them a “corporate” style following on from the success of our last list for Y7 readers.

Many of our families have members who are on the Autistic Spectrum and we are sometimes asked specifically for books reflecting such households. You will already know one or two of the fiction titles: Curious incident of the dog in the night time and maybe The London Eye mystery, which are popular mainly for their fascinating narrators who view the world in an alternative way. So we have looked out similar, less well known stories and added some non-fiction titles too. All are available in the school library either in the general collection or our Shelf Help section (supporting mental health and well-being). The Library Ladiez can help you find them.

We hope they provide support and enjoyment.                                                                                   Click on the link below for a pdf of the full list.

Autism pic

Books featuring AutismADHD

This and other lists can also be found under the Reading List Tab at the top of the page.