South Ayrshire Youth Forum's Guide to Self Help Books

Expert-endorsed books for 13 to 18 year olds, providing advice and information about mental health. Click on the book to find out more and where to access it!

1. Anxiety, Worry and Panic

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky 

My Anxious Mind: A Teen's Guide to Managing Anxiety and Panic by Michael A. Tompkins

The Shyness and Social Anxiety Workbook for Teens by Jennifer Shannon

Anxiety survival guide for teens by Jennifer Shannon

2. OCD

Breaking Free from OCD: A CBT Guide for Young People and their Families by Jo Derisley

The unlikely hero of Room 13B by Teresa Toten

Touch and Go Joe: an adolescent's experience of OCD by Joe Wells

3. Depression and Mood Swings

Am I depressed, and what can I do about it? by Shirley Reynolds

Can I tell you about depression? by Christopher Dowrick, Susan Martin

I had a black dog: his name was depression by Matthew Johnstone

Don't let your emotions run your life for teens by Sheri Van Dijk

4. Body Image and Eating Disorder

Banish Your Body Image Thief by Kate Collins-Donnelly

Can I Tell You About Eating Disorders? by Bryan Lask, Lucy Watson

Tyranny by Lesley Fairfield

5. Confidence and Self Esteem

Face by Benjamin Zephaniah

Self-Esteem and Being You by Anita Naik

Banish Your Self-Esteem Thief by Kate Collins-Donnelly

6. Stress

Fighting Invisible Tigers: Stress Management for Teens by Earl Hipp

The Teenage Guide to Stress by Nicola Morgan

7. Bullying

Bullies, Cyberbullies and Frenemies by Michelle Elliot

Vicious: True Stories by Teens About Bullying edited by Hope Vanderberg

8. Autism and Asperger Syndrome

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

Freaks, Geeks and Asperger Syndrome by Luke Jackson

The Reason I Jump: One Boy's Voice from the Silence of Autism by Naoki Higashida

9. Wellbeing, Mental Health, Coping, Feeling Fine, Self Esteem and Learning About Life

Blame my Brain by Nicola Morgan

Mind Your Head by Juno Dawson

Stuff That Sucks: Accepting What You Can't Change and Committing to What You Can by Ben Sedley

The Self-Esteem Team's Guide to Sex, Drugs and WTFs!? by Grace Barrett, Natasha Devon and Nadia Mendoza

Every Day by David Levithan

House of Windows by Alexia Casale

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

Kite Spirit by Sita Brahmachari

Quiet the Mind: An Illustrated Guide on How to Meditate by Matthew Johnstone

10. ADHD: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Putting on the Brakes: Understanding and Taking Control of Your Add or ADHD by Patricia O. Quinn

Further info and help

  • BSL Healthy Minds - Mental Health help in British Sign Language
  • YoungMinds - information about mental health and emotional wellbeing
  • ReThink - information and useful tips for young people on staying well and all about mental health problems
  • Support In Mind Scotland - Support and action for people with mental illness - runs projects in many local areas around Scotland
  • NHS Choices - information on depression

If you think you have depression, it's important to see your doctor.