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Reading Well Books on Prescription

Reading Well Books on Prescription helps people to understand and manage their health and well-being through recommended self-help books. Because everything changes when we read.

There are three strands to the Reading Well Books on Prescription scheme with one focusing on self-help reading for common mental health conditions, one strand focusing on dementia and one strand focusing on common mental health issues young people face.

The Reading Well Mood-boosting books scheme is a promotion of uplifting titles including novels, poetry and non-fiction. The lists are recommended by readers across the country.

For common mental health conditions

Reading Well Books on Prescription for common mental health conditions collection encourages you to use Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to manage your condition. The common mental health conditions covered in this collection include:

  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Binge eating/Bulimia Nervosa
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Chronic pain
  • Depression
  • Health anxiety
  • Obsessions and compulsions
  • Panic
  • Phobias
  • Relationship problems
  • Self-esteem
  • Sleep problems
  • Social phobia
  • Stress
  • Worry

For dementia

Reading Well Books on Prescription for dementia collection focuses on:

  • Information and advice
  • Living well with dementia
  • Support for relatives and carers
  • Personal stories

For young people

Reading Well Books on Prescription for young people collection focuses on:

  • ADHD 
  • Anxiety, worry and panic
  • Austism and Asperger syndrome
  • Body image and eating disorders
  • Bullying
  • Confidence and self-esteem
  • Depression
  • Mood swings
  • OCD
  • Self-harm
  • Stress

For more information about the Reading Well schemes please visit

Central Library


Tel: 024 7683 2314

Fax: 024 7622 0465

Central Library
Smithford Way

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