What you can borrow
Reading Well (formerly Books on Prescription)
Reading Well for Mental Health
Libraries have self-help books for people who are finding it difficult to cope or need advice on a specific emotional or mental health problem.
Topics for adults include:
- panic attacks
Reading Well for Long Term Conditions
Libraries have collections of books that provide information and support for people living with a long term health condition and their carers.
The booklist covers general advice and information about living with a long term condition, common symptoms and titles focused on specific conditions such as arthritis, bowel conditions, diabetes, heart disease and stroke.
Libraries have self-help books for young people and families who are finding it difficult to cope or need advice on a specific emotional or mental health problem.
- school and exams
Libraries have self-help books for children and their families who are finding it difficult to cope or need advice on a specific emotional or mental health problem. The collection is aimed at children in Key Stage 2 (aged 7-11), but includes titles aimed at a wide range of reading levels to support less confident readers, and to encourage children to read together with their siblings and carers.
Topics for children include:
- the world around you
- dealing with tough times
Libraries have self-help books for people who have dementia and are finding it difficult to cope or need advice about the condition.
- information about living with dementia
- support for relatives and carers
- personal stories.
Reserving self-help books
You can browse and reserve self-help books at your local library or online.
If you’ve been given a ‘Books on Prescription’ recommendation leaflet by your GP, counsellor or mental health adviser, you can reserve these books free of charge.
There are 2 ways to do this:
- Hand the recommendation leaflet to staff when you reserve a book in the library.
- If you reserve a book online, a reservation charge will be placed on your account. Just hand the recommendation leaflet to library staff on your next visit to a library, and they will take the charge off your account.
Using self-help books
Try to set aside some time each day to work with your book. Having someone to work through it with you can help.
If the book includes exercises or questionnaires, please make a copy for your work. You can make photocopies at the library for a small charge.
These books might not be able to completely resolve your problems, so if feel you need more help contact your GP or mental health worker.
GPs and mental health workers should contact us if you need more Books on Prescription publicity materials or the recommendation leaflets with prescription slips.