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Reading Well (formerly Books on Prescription)

Adults

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
  • depression
  • phobias
  • anxiety.

Reading Well for Mental Health

eBook collection

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.

eBook Collection

Young people 

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.

Topics include:

  • anxiety
  • stress
  • bullying
  • school and exams

Reading Well for young people

eBook Collection

Children

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:

  • feelings
  • worries
  • the world around you
  • dealing with tough times

Reading Well for Children

eBook collection

Dementia

Libraries have self-help books for people who have dementia and are finding it difficult to cope or need advice about the condition.

Topics include:

  • information about living with dementia
  • support for relatives and carers
  • personal stories.

Reading Well for Dementia

eBook Collection

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:

  1. Hand the recommendation leaflet to staff when you reserve a book in the library.
  2. 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.

Health workers

GPs and mental health workers should contact us if you need more Books on Prescription publicity materials or the recommendation leaflets with prescription slips.