How reading helps in building resilience

During Children’s Mental Health Week (8-14 February 2016), we are encouraging students and staff at Tynecastle High to think about ways they can build their resilience, so that they are really well equipped to ‘bounce forward’ from life’s ups and downs. One brilliant source of support for our mental health comes from literature in all its forms: short stories, novels, non-fiction books, poetry, film and songs.

P2B BooksMs Forrest, our School Librarian, explains why reading can be helpful: “Reading stories about other people’s experiences can help us to cope with problems in our own lives by realising that we are not alone in how we are feeling. Discovering how characters cope in certain situations can help us to find ways of bouncing forward from challenges. Even reading a few pages at a time can make a difference.”

Click here for a list of ‘resilience reads’ – books about facing challenges and bouncing forward. Many of them are available in Tynecastle High School Library, where you can see our fantastic display of books and students’ suggestions with your very own eyes!

Got a favourite ‘resilience read’ to recommend? If you’re in the School Library please add a ‘leaf’ to our tree! Or tweet your suggestions: #childrensmhw #resiliencereads