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Reading well for health and wellbeing

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Coventry Libraries are proud to offer Reading Well Books on Prescription and reading well mood-boosting books at all our libraries 

Reading well mood- boosting books 

Reading Well Mood Boosting Books is a national promotion of uplifting titles, including novels, poetry and non-fiction. The books are all recommended by readers and reading groups and are perfect when you’re in need of a boost. Visit your local library to pick up a reading well mood-boosting book today. 

Reading well Books On Prescription 

Coventry Libraries offer four Reading Well Books on Prescription collections. These collections of books have been developed by the Reading Agency on a national level and are specially selected by panels of medical experts to help people manage their health and well-being. The collections are focused around: 

The books are available for anyone to access from their local library for free. Friendly staff will be on hand to help you join the library if you are not already a member and to find the book that’s right for you. 

GPs and other health professional may also recommend titles. 

Reading well for mental health 

Reading Well for mental health provides information and support for people with common mental health needs and for dealing with difficult feelings and experiences. The books are all endorsed by health experts, as well as people with personal experience of mental health conditions. The books include information on approaches such as CBT and mindfulness, as well as common mental health conditions including depression anxiety, OCD and others. The collection also includes personal stories and advice for carers. 

Watch this short video to find out more: 

Download the full book list.

Reading well for dementia 

Reading Well Books on Prescription for dementia recommends books you might find helpful if you have dementia, are caring for someone with dementia, or want to find out more about the condition. The books include information and advice, help after diagnosis, practical support for carers and personal stories. The books are endorsed by health experts. 

Watch this short video to find out more:

Download the full book list.

Shelf help (reading well for young people) 

Shelf Help recommends books that provide helpful information and step-by-step techniques for managing common mental health issues for 13-18 year olds including anxiety, depression, eating disorders and self-harm. Some of the books follow a self-help approach based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). Many of them include practical, step-by-step activities to help with common mental health issues like stress and depression. There are also fiction titles within the collection with themes covering mental health. The books are endorsed by health professionals. 

Watch this short video to find out more:

Download the full book list.

Reading well for long term conditions 

Reading Well for people with long term conditions is a collection of books that provides information and support for people living with a long term health condition and their carers. The books provide quality-assured information about common conditions and symptoms, practical advice for living with a long term condition and support for self-management. 

Reading Well for long term conditions covers general information about living with a long term condition, as well as a focus on conditions such as diabetes and stroke, and common symptoms such as pain and fatigue. The list also includes titles to support the carers, friends and families of people living with a long term condition. 

Watch this short video to find out more:

Download the full book list.

For more information please visit our health information page.

Central Library


Tel: 024 7683 2314

Fax: 024 7622 0465

Central Library
Smithford Way

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