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New Children's Mental Health Scheme Launched In East Riding

New Children's Mental Health Scheme Launched In East Riding

Published by Karen Liu at 12:41pm 16th March 2020.

A new children's mental health scheme's been launched in the East Riding.

It is part of a national programme called 'Reading Well' by UK charity, The Reading Agency and Libraries Connected.

All East Riding Libraries will be playing a key role in the new initiative, with financial support from the council’s Public Health team.

The Reading Well for children booklist contains 33 books covering topics relevant to the children of today, including grief, anxiety, bullying and staying safe online. Recognising the potential impact of living with diagnosed conditions and physical disabilities, the booklist explores living well with conditions including Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), dyslexia, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and physical disabilities.

The booklist is targeted at children in Key Stage 2 and includes titles suitable for a wide range of reading levels to support less confident readers, and to encourage children to read together with their siblings and carers.

The expert-endorsed reads are now available free in East Riding Libraries.

The new Reading Well for children booklist responds to data about children’s mental health in the UK from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, and BookTrust.

Councillor Shaun Horton, portfolio holder for tourism, culture and leisure, said:

“I am delighted that East Riding Libraries are able to play a vital part in this much-needed Reading Well scheme, which will certainly empower children to understand their feelings, and help others to understand their feelings as well.”

Councillor Jonathan Owen, deputy leader of the council, added:

“This new Reading Well booklist is an excellent addition to the Reading Well initiatives, and will help children – and their families and carers – deal with worries, feel better and boost their mood.”

Local parent Katy Connolly said:

“This is a great idea, I'm really looking forward to reading these books with my son; who sometimes struggles to express his feelings. I think it will be a great help to read the books together and discuss feelings and how to deal with them.”

The books on the list, by authors including Michael Rosen, Tom Percival, Zanib Mian and Joseph Coelho, have been selected to help Key Stage 2 children (aged 7-11) understand and talk about their mental health and wellbeing.

The books have been selected to encourage conversation about feelings between children and their parents or carers and to offer support outside of a clinical setting or whilst waiting for treatment.

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