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05 July 2017

Reading Well for long term conditions

We're very pleased to be including these books in our libraries. It means health professionals will be able to recommend helpful reading to support people with long term conditions

Darren Henry, portfolio holder for libraries at Wiltshire Council

People with long term health conditions are being encouraged to go to their local library and borrow books which could help them.

We are supporting the Reading Well for long term conditions scheme this summer, by providing a series of books in libraries around the county. We launched the scheme at Trowbridge Library this morning (5 July).

Darren Henry, portfolio holder for libraries, said: We're very pleased to be including these books in our libraries. It means health professionals will be able to recommend helpful reading to support people with long term conditions."

Since its launch, the Reading Well scheme has reached 635,000 people. It has been endorsed by the public as well as by GPs, mental health professionals and government ministers as a helpful community-based health service. It has also delivered significant patient benefit. In a recent survey 96% of those who have borrowed a book from the mental health list said it has been helpful, while 90% said that the scheme helped them to better understand and manage their condition.

The new booklist of 28 titles provides adults living with long term conditions with advice, information and support including self-help, psycho-education and memoir. The list will cover common symptoms associated with living with a long term condition including:

• Pain
• Fatigue
• Sleeping problems
• Mental health and wellbeing

Reading Well provides accredited and helpful reading to support health and wellbeing. It is delivered by The Reading Agency working in partnership with the Society of Chief Librarians with funding from Arts Council England and the Wellcome Trust.

For more information about the scheme, email readingwell@readingagency.org.uk, or visit the Reading Well website (www.reading-well.org.uk)

Last updated: 11 July 2017 | Last reviewed: 11 July 2017

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