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The Mental Health Awareness Collection


9th – 15th May 2022

“I am surrounded by Family and Friends but I still feel alone“

The subject this year is LONELINESS.

As Fitzgerald once famously said "That is part of the beauty of all literature. You discover that your longings are universal longings, that you're not lonely and isolated from everyone. You belong."

There are well established links between loneliness and poor mental health. A report from the leading think tank DEMOS commissioned by the national charity The Reading Agency states;

“Reading can train our brains, hold off dementia, help foster connections with other people and alleviate loneliness and depression. It’s no exaggeration to say reading can transform British society”.

So whether you want a book with practical support and advice, or simply to lose yourself in a great read, the school Library has something for everyone.

To borrow any of these books, please email your request to Mrs Downing or complete this online form.

Fearless by Liam Hackett 

You can be fearless. You can be your true, confident self.

Find out what it is that’s holding you back – then use the tools provided by the anti-bullying and empowerment expert Liam Hackett to uncover the true you.

Break free of labels, smash through the stereotypes, overcome your fears. Be fearless. Be you!

Mind Your Head by Juno Dawson with Advice from Dr Olivia Hewitt 

Have you ever noticed how it’s easier to talk about some medical problems than others?

Perhaps the hardest of all to talk about are mental illnesses – but we’ve all got a mind, so we’ve all got mental health. Can any of us say we haven’t been stressed, sad, anxious, angry, tired and emotional?

In this clear and supportive guide to young people’s mental health, Juno Dawson, author of This Book is Gay, and clinical psychologist Dr Olivia Hewitt discuss a range of issues – whether fleeting or long-term – and how to manage them.

With witty illustrations from Gemma Correll, Juno and Dr Olivia cover topics from anxiety and depression to addiction, self-harm and personality disorders, with dozens of life stories from people just like you, who are living with mental illness.

Dare To Be You by Matthew Syed 

What if you stopped worrying about fitting in?

I’m going to tell you a secret. Are you ready?

There’s no such thing as ‘normal’.

So if you’re the kind of person who thinks…

  • I hate standing out from the crowd
  • I wish I could be more like the cool kids
  • It’s pointless trying to change things

…then this book is going to blow your mind. I’m here to dare you to follow your own path, to love what makes you different and to question the world around you.

Because if you believed in yourself, you can be your very own action hero. So what are you waiting for?

Dare to be you.

Issues - The Anxiety Epidemic / Anxiety and Stress / Mental Wellbeing 


“We read to know we're not alone.”
― William Nicholson, Shadowlands