Reading Well books on prescription from libraries

Reading Well is a national scheme, led by The Reading Agency and supported by the Society of Chief Librarians as part of the universal health offer for libraries.

Reading Well Books on Prescription are self help books for managing common conditions including stress, depression, anxiety and dementia. The books are recommended by health experts and people with experience of the condition, and have been tried and tested and found to be useful. Recommended titles and leaflets containing booklists and other sources of help are available from libraries.

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More about Reading Well Books on Prescription for managing your mental health

The Brighton and Hove Wellbeing Service and Mind are working with our library service to support the use of self-help books for managing mental health conditions. As part of your treatment a GP, or other health professional, may ‘prescribe’ a self help book. The books are available for anyone to borrow from their library, with or without a ‘prescription’. 

Books on prescription mental health titles

If you find that you need additional help to manage your condition please contact your GP or another health professional.

More about Reading Well Books on Prescription for managing dementia

Libraries are working with the Alzheimer’s Society to support the development of dementia-friendly communities and build understanding and awareness of the condition. Books recommended by experts and carers to support people living with dementia and their families, are available from libraries.

Books on Prescription dementia titles.

More about Reading Well Books on Prescription for managing long term conditions

Books recommended by experts and people with lived experience of a range of long term health conditions, including titles on diabetes, IBS, stroke, arthritis and heart disease, as well as common symptoms such as fatigue, pain, wellbeing and sleep problems.

Books On Prescription long term conditions titles

Shelf Help

Shelf Help is a collection of recommended reading, chosen with input from young people, to help young people aged 13-18 years manage their mental health, wellbeing and resilience. The focus of Shelf Help is on early intervention and prevention. Twelve topics are covered, ranging from anxiety to self-harm, as well as difficult life experiences such as bullying and school/exam pressure. Shelf Help caters for different reading levels and includes different formats such as graphic novels and non-fiction, as well as fiction and personal stories. The 35 recommended titles are available to borrow in hard copy and/or electronic format from Brighton & Hove Libraries.

Books to help young people ages 13-18 manage their mental health and wellbeing.

Mood boosting books

Mood boosting books are chosen by readers for readers to lift your spirits and improve wellbeing.We asked our customers what their favourite mood boosting books were, and you can download a list of the winning books (PDF 128KB)

Find more mood boosting books.

The Public Health Schools Programme has been working in partnership with Brighton & Hove Libraries Services and primary school pupils from across the city to create a ‘Mood Boosting Books’ list for children in years 4, 5 and 6.

Mood Boosting books for children (PDF 103KB).

Who are you? How are you? – Books to support Children’s Wellbeing

Brighton & Hove Libraries have worked with Public Health Schools and local SENCOs to create this wellbeing booklist for children. The list is designed a as tool for teachers, parents or carers, who want to use books to help children through challenging times.

Who are you? How are you? (PDF 7.57MB)