Books & resources for young people

The following is a list of recommended books and resources for young people. The Location(s) available column shows where these books are available, eg, from your local Christchurch City Library (CCL) and/or from the Mental Health Education and Resource Centre (MHERC).

Books can be reserved online and checked out by visiting a CCL or MHERC. If a book is not available, a librarian may be able to suggest another book or place a hold on a book. To borrow or place a hold on a book, you must be a member of the library. MHERC can post books and other resources out to its users, including those living in rural areas, and will include a post-paid bag for returning books. Once read, books need to be returned to the library.

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CoverTitle & AuthorDescriptionYearLocation(s) available
Stand by me

By John Kirwan
Subject: Teenage focus on depression and anxiety

Investigates issues around teenage mental health, with a focus on depression and anxiety. A window into an all too real issue facing New Zealand families, and a powerful tool for anyone concerned about the wellbeing of young people in their care.
2014CCL

MHERC
Cain's Legacy

By Jeanne Safer
Subject: Families, brothers and sisters

Safer explores the roots of inter-sibling woes, and provides compassionate guidance to brothers and sisters whose relationship is broken. She reveals how they can come to terms with the one peer relationship they can never sever even if they never see each other again
2012CCL
S.E.X.: The All you need to know Progressive Sexuality Guide to Get You Through High school and College

By Heather Corinna
Subject: Youth

Have you ever wondered… Am I normal? (and what is "normal," anyway?) What's up down there? I really like girls, but I like boys sometimes, too. Am I gay, bisexual, or just messed up? Are we both really ready to have sex? Is it ok if I masturbate? I feel like I can't ever say no to my partner. What's the problem? Heather Corinna and Scarleteen.com have been providing sex education and information for young adults, parents, and mentors for nearly ten years. Whether you're straight, gay, sexually active, or just plain curious, S.E.X. spells out everything you need to know, including: A sexual readiness checklist Illustrations of female and male reproductive anatomy How to love your body, even when it's changing every day Tips on safer sex for body, heart, and mind An in-depth birth control breakdown How to create and enjoy the relationships that are right for you Popular mechanics of partnered sex: sexual activities explained, including pregnancy and STI risks STIs 101: what they are and how to keep yourself from getting them.
2007MHERC
The Anxiety Survival Guide for Teens: CBT Skills to Overcome Fear, Worry, & Panic

By Jennifer Shannon
Subject: Youth

Based in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), this book helps identify the 'monkey mind' the primitive part of the brain where anxious thoughts arise. Full of powerful yet simple cartoon illustrations, this book also teaches practical strategies for handling even the toughest situations that previously caused feelings of anxiety or worry.
CCL
Conquer your fears and Phobias for Teens: How to Build Courage & Stop Fear From Holding You Back

By Andrea Umbach
Subject: Youth

Offers easy to use cognitive behavioural techniques to help overcome fears and phobias. Includes practical skills for coping with distressing thoughts, emotions, physical sensations and behaviours that can arise because you are scared.
CCL
The mindfulness & acceptance workbook for social anxiety & shyness: using acceptance and commitment therapy to free yourself from fear & reclaim your life

By Jan Fleming
Subject: Youth

Shyness is a common problem that comes with a high price. If you suffer from shyness or social anxiety you might avoid social situations and may have trouble connecting with others due to an extreme fear of humiliation, rejection, and judgment. As a shy person, you may also experience panic attacks that make it even more likely that you'll avoid social situations. With The Mindfulness and Acceptance Workbook for Social Anxiety and Shyness, the authors' acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) program for overcoming shyness has become available to the public for the first time.
CCL
My Anxious Mind: A Teen’s Guide to Managing Anxiety and Panic


By Michael Tompkins and Katherine Martinez
Subject: Youth

Outlines a simple and proven plan to help understand and deal with anxiety and panic. Full of simple to use tools and strategies that easily fit into any teens routine.
CCL
Banish your Body Image thief


By Kate Collins
Subject: Youth

Build positive body image with this fun and effective workbook for young people. Watch out - the Body Image Thief is about! He's the sneaky character who keeps stealing your positive body image from your Body Image Vault, leaving only negative thoughts and feelings about your body behind. But don't worry - you can banish him for good. Based on cognitive behavioural and mindfulness principles and techniques, it is packed with strategies that will help you change how you think and act in order to build a positive body image. Engaging, informative and easy to read, this unique workbook is suitable for young people aged 10+ to work through on their own or with the help of a parent or practitioner.
CCL
Fighting invisible tigers : a stress management guide for teens


By Earl Hipp
Subject: Youth

Discusses the pressures and problems encountered by teenagers and provides information on life skills, stress management, and methods of gaining more control over their lives.
CCL
Banish your Self-Esteem thief: A cognitive behavioural therapy workbook on building positive self-esteem for young people


By Kate Collins-Donnelly
Subject: Youth

Look out - the Self-Esteem Thief is on the prowl! He's the crafty character who keeps stealing your positive self-esteem from your Self-Esteem Vault, leaving only negative thoughts and feelings about you behind. But the good news is you can banish him for good. This workbook will help you change how you think and act in order to build positive self-esteem, protect your Self-Esteem Vault and banish your Self-Esteem Thief for good! Fun, easy to read and full of tips and strategies, this is an excellent workbook for young people aged 10+ to work through on their own or with the help of a parent or practitioner.
CCL
The shyness the social anxiety workbook for teens


By Jennifer Shannon
Subject: Youth

The Shyness and Social Anxiety Workbook for Teens offers worksheets and comic-style illustrated scenarios that help teen readers identify their values and practice evidence-based skills from cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) for overcoming shyness and social anxiety.
CCL
Am I depressed and what can I do about it?: A CBT self-help guide for teenagers experiencing low mood and depression


By Shirley Reynolds
Subject: Youth

Around 10% of teenagers are estimated to have an episode of depression and many more experience persistent low mood. This accessible, engaging and age-appropriate self-help guide is based on current research and best practice for young people aged 13 to 17 who experience low mood and depression, and their friends, family and health professionals. It provides an essential bridge for young people who have not yet asked for professional help as well as support for those who are waiting for treatment.
CCL
The Self-Esteem Team's guide to sex, drugs and WTFs?!!


By Grace Barrett
Subject: Youth

Sometimes being a teenager can seem like a relentless merry-go-round of people telling you how to dress and behave, who to be friends with, what grades you must get in order to avoid a destiny of failure and, most importantly, why you're spectacularly effing it all up. The Self-Esteem Team know this because they were teenagers once. In fact, they were teenagers enduring bullying, chronic skin issues, 'puppy fat' that refused to budge and 'I'm different from everyone else' related angst. Later, they battled self-harm, depression and an eating disorder.
CCL
After the suicide of someone you know : information and support for young people


By Tricia Irving Hendry
Subject: Youth

This newly updated and revised edition has been specifically written for NZ young people affected by the suicide of someone they know. Simply written, in a youth friendly style and featuring colour and photos, this helps teens to process and handle what's happened. Ideal for schools, youth service providers and youth groups. It has also proved popular with young adults and adults. It is a skylight/SPINZ partnership publication and is now used widely around NZ after a suicide.
CCL

MHERC
Mind your head


By Juno Dawson
Subject: Youth

Covering topics from anxiety and depression to addiction, self-harm and personality disorders, Juno and Olivia talk clearly and supportively about a range of issues facing young people's mental health - whether fleeting or long-term - and how to manage them, with real-life stories from young people around the world.
CCL

The teenage guide to stress


By Nicola Morgan
Subject: Youth

Explains what stress is and looks at the ways teenage stress is different. This book deals with a number of issues that affect teenagers from anger, depression and sexual relationships to cyber-bullying, exams and eating disorders and offers guidance and advice. It also shows how to deal with and prevent the symptoms of stress.
CCL

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