This week is Mental Health Awareness Week.

Research by the Mental Health Foundation has shown that two thirds of us experience a mental health problem in our lifetimes, and stress is a key factor in this.

Reading Rooms and stress

Reading Rooms works extensively in the areas of mental health and wellbeing.

We use curated short stories and poems to encourage participants to share personal experiences.

Our young people gain the skills to reflect on their present situation. Through inter-group conversations, they stimulate new thoughts and generate personal insights.

Literature and life

Reading Rooms encourages our young people to consider how characters in stories and poems may feel. How do they think characters should react in situations that arise?  

Reading Rooms with young people

The ability to initially detach from feelings or situations gives participants the insight to view them from afar. They will speak about their own feelings or reactions when ready to connect, and when they feel safe to do so.

Reading Rooms and youth programme

Reading Rooms for children and young people

We use Reading Rooms in all of our programmes with young people such as Third Space, Community Lives, and Children in Need.

Click here to find out about our programme for young people