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Health and wellbeing

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Reading Well Books on Prescription is an exciting public library health service development, run by The Reading Agency in partnership with the Society of Chief Librarians and funded by the Arts Council England.

Reading Well Books on Prescription scheme provides accredited reading to support health and wellbeing available from public libraries. These book collections have been selected through a rigorous process by a panel of health professionals.

  • Reading Well Books on Prescription for common mental health conditions. The scheme provides self- help reading for adults based on cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) for a range of common mental health conditions including anxiety, depression, phobias and some eating disorders.
  • Reading Well Books on Prescription Dementia. These books are aimed at people living with dementia, people caring for someone living with dementia, or those who want to find out more about the condition.
  • Reading Well Shelf Help for young people. It provides a booklist of 35 titles selected to provide young people aged 13 to 18 years with advice, information and support to help them to understand their mental health and wellbeing. It covers 12 topics and conditions including anxiety, depression, self-harm, body image and eating disorders, as well as life experiences such as bullying. The booklist features self-help and psycho-education material, as well as memoirs, graphic novels and fiction.

These collections are available in libraries in Shropshire on ‘prescription’ which means they have been recommended by GPs or other health professionals. They are also available for anyone else to read which means that some people may be borrowing a book without having been prescribed it.

If you are a practitioner and would like to know more about the scheme there is more information on The Reading Agency website, alternatively please call 01743 255031 or email