Best For You

The Reading Agency (a national charity who help people ‘read their way to a better life’) have put together a list of mental health books for teenagers.

The title ‘Reading well for teens’ is on top of an illustration of an open book. Text lets you know it’s free at your local library. The image has the logos of The Reading Agency, Arts Council England, the Libraries Connected.


Leading health professionals worked with teenagers, families, carers, and librarians to choose and recommend over 25 books. The list is for young people aged between about 13 and 18 – there are books in a range of formats (including fiction, self-help, graphic novels, and personal stories), so there’s something for everyone.

The list of books covers topics including healthy minds, managing feelings, anxiety and depression, neurodiversity, body image, understanding bereavement and loss, learning about life, boosting confidence, surviving online, and sexuality, gender identity, and mental health.

The government Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport has paid for every library service across England to have the books on the list to support wellbeing.

Read the list of mental health books for teenagers on the Reading Agency website.

Find out about local library services on the government website.

Looking for books for younger readers? Check out mental health books for children.

We’ll be sharing some of the books on the Best For You social media, so keep an eye on our Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.