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Reading Well – Books on Prescription

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Reading Well Books on Prescription helps people to understand and manage their health and wellbeing using self-help reading. The scheme is endorsed by health professionals and supported by public libraries.

There are two lists, one for people with dementia and their carers looking for information about memory loss conditions and living well with dementia. The other is for people with common mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression.

Can books really help?

The books have been chosen by doctors and health practitioners and have been selected using guidelines and quality standards from NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence). Here are some comments from people who have found the books useful:

"An excellent self-help guide... I have been diagnosed with depression and this book was recommended by my GP"

"After reading this book, I felt a new sense of well-being"

"This book has really helped me to learn how to change those thoughts and become a more positive person"

How does the service work?

GPs and health practitioners issue a ‘prescription’ for the recommended book. This can be taken to your local library. Staff can request a copy of the book for you free of charge if it isn’t available. The book can be borrowed for 3 weeks; an extension may be possible if no-one is waiting for it.

You can view the full list of suggested titles relating to mental health conditions or the specific dementia list.

What if I don’t belong to the library?

Ensure the doctor or other health professional has included your name and address on the prescription and this can be used as proof of ID. It is free to join the library and borrow books, you may also like to look at other related information books or use the computers free of charge.

Is the service confidential?

Think of the library as you would your local pharmacist – someone who can deliver what is prescribed with professional expertise and ethical practice. Staff will not divulge any information about who is borrowing a book or what it is about.

Mood Boosting Books

Readers and reading groups around the country have recommended 20 Mood-boosting Books drawn from both fiction and non fiction. Libraries nationally have also worked with Macmillan Cancer Support to involve people who have been diagnosed with cancer in recommending mood-boosting books.

Reading Well for young people

Reading Well can help you cope with the pressures of life, feel better about yourself and boost your confidence using books.

The Reading Well books have been chosen by young people and health experts to help you with difficult feelings and experiences that can affect your wellbeing.

The books have information and advice as well as personal stories about dealing with feelings such as anxiety, depression or stress and experiences such as bullying.

The books are free to reserve and to borrow from Wiltshire libraries

Contact Details (LiveLink)

Multiple Contacts:
eMail: libraryenquiries@wiltshire.gov.uk
Out of hours:
Postal Address:
In Person:

Last updated: 4 February 2015


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