Stand-up comedian and author visits teenagers at Yate Library

November 30 2016

Joe Wells, a stand-up comedian and author of ‘Touch and Go Joe’, has visited Yate Library to talk about his book which deals with his personal experiences as a young person suffering from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD).

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Joe Wells, a stand-up comedian and author of ‘Touch and Go Joe’, has visited Yate Library to talk about his book which deals with his personal experiences as a young person suffering from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD).
The event was organised by members of the Yate Library Teen Focus Group as part of #LoveToRead, a national BBC campaign to encourage people to read something new. The young readers handled all of the preparations for the evening, from producing promotional posters to preparing interview questions for the night.
One of the organisers, Ellie, aged 17, said: “This has been an exciting opportunity for us all. Young people will benefit from this event as they’ll be able to learn more about both mental health and the process of writing a book.”
Martin Burton, Community Cultural Services Manager for South Gloucestershire Council, said: “The young people’s group at Yate Library are great role models in their love of reading and their ambition to share this message with others. Getting involved in the national BBC campaign #LoveToRead is a fantastic idea as it actively involves young people in reading and changing their community for the better.”
As many as two in every 100 people suffer from OCD. In ‘Touch and Go Joe’, Joe Wells tells the story of his battle with OCD from its beginnings at age nine and increasingly intrusive symptoms, to diagnosis at age 12. Having kept his condition a secret for many years, he now talks and writes openly about OCD and how he battled to overcome it.
‘Touch and Go Joe’ is one of the books recommended as part of national scheme ‘Shelf Help, Reading Well for Young People’ which helps young people to understand and manage their wellbeing and emotional resilience.