Mental Health Resources in the ILC

Looking after yourself can sometimes seen pretty daunting. Here in the ILC, we are able to help you to help yourself by pointing you to books and other resources.

We have a section on the shelves (currently sitting above the DVD collection in Area A,) called Shelf Help. Here you’ll find a small selection of books on a variety of topics including grief, sexuality, gender, bullying, and learning difficulties.

We also have a number of other books on a variety of topics in amongst our regular shelves including drug use, or sexual health.

Further to this, in our fiction shelves, we have books with a wide variety of topics including those listed above.

All you need to do to find any of these books is to do a search using the “library Search” shortcut you’ll find on the desktop of any school computer. You are also more than welcome to ask any of the school’s librarians if you’re unsure of where to find things. You could search for something like “cancer” and find a variety of books that might help you to deal with whatever you may be going through.

Other help around the school

You should be able to talk to any teacher on site, but especially your tutor, Assistant Head of House, or Head of House. Ms Lilley at student reception usually has an ear spare to listen and signpost you in the right direction too. Other that that, though, the school nurse comes in every Tuesday lunchtime for a drop in session, and there is a counselling service you can request through HOH.

Help online

The websites listed below are designed to help with mental health, or to provide information about a number of different topics.

Live Life To The Full – Stress, Anxiety and Depression

Mood GymCBT for anxiety and Depression

Kooth – Connect to a real counsellor online

Brook – Sex, Sexual health and Gender

YoungMinds – Information and support for mental health

Childline – Information and advice

Short Stories

Some argue that the end of a book is the best bit. That resolution, that happy ending… But what do you do when you feel like getting to that point, to that resolution, is a chore?

Well, you read a short story. That’s what!

The ILC actually has quite a collection of great short stories on the Fiction shelves.

Often, short stories come in larger collections, gathering together a number of stories all in one book. Sometimes there might be lots of stories all by one author, or they might be all on one theme, such as the Ghostly Haunts book in the picture above.

If you’re a bit hesitant to get stuck into a long book, or aren’t sure you’ll like the way the author writes, why don’t you give one of our many short stories a go?

The best bit? It won’t take you long to get to that brilliant ending!

To help you out, we’ve now got “Short Story Collections in the ILC” booklets to help you find your way to our collections. Just ask the librarians.

Revision – English Helpful Links

“Those GCSE exams are just around the corner…”

“Wait! I’ve forgotten everything! I don’t even know which texts I’m studying anymore!!!”

Said all teachers to all students everywhere…

The ILC is coming to your rescue!

We know it’s a stressful time, which is why the ILC has some copies of the York (or equivalent) notes for your GCSE English texts. We also have a few copies of the original texts and graphic novels incase you’ve mislaid your book.

If you happen to find that we’ve run out of copies you can even reserve one. You’ll get a note in your tutor tray letting you know it’s available to collect from the ILC.

We’ve also collated some handy links for you below. Please keep in mind that not all of these resources were written for this year, or Eduqas – the exam board we’re using and the assessment they’re using may differ from ours.


An Inspector Calls

Jekyll and Hyde

The Woman in Black

General useful links