Reading Well promotes the benefits of reading for health and wellbeing. The programme has two strands:
- Books on Prescription and
- Mood-boosting Books.
Books on Prescription
Reading Well Books on Prescription helps you to understand and manage your health and wellbeing using self-help reading. It is endorsed by health professionals and supported by public libraries.
Books can be recommended by GPs or other health professionals from the relevant Reading Well Books on Prescription reading list. People can also self-refer to the scheme and use it without a professional recommendation. All the books are available in all Waltham Forest libraries where they can be borrowed free of charge. The books have been recommended by experts, and been tried and tested and found to be useful.
Reading Well Books on Prescription Schemes:
Reading Well Books on Prescription for common mental health conditions was launched in 2013 as the first national scheme for England with a list of evidence-based self-help books on common mental health conditions. Its core booklist of 30 titles provides evidence-based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) self-help techniques.
Reading Well Books on Prescription for dementia recommends helpful reading to improve people’s understanding and awareness of dementia in its various forms. The core booklist includes professionally endorsed information and advice for people diagnosed with dementia and their carers, as well as support with how to live well with the condition.
Reading Well for young people provides recommended reading to young people to help them understand and manage their mental health and wellbeing. The scheme provides young people aged 13 to 18 with advice, information and support on a range of mental health issues such as anxiety and depression, and difficult experiences like bullying and exam stress.
Reading Well for long term conditions provides information and support for people living with a long term health condition and their carers.
The booklist covers general advice and information about living with a long term condition, common symptoms and titles focused on specific conditions such as arthritis, bowel conditions, diabetes, heart disease and stroke.
The books have all been recommended by people with lived experience of long term conditions and health professionals, and are available to borrow for free from public libraries.
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Reading Well Mood-boosting Books scheme is a national promotion of uplifting titles, including novels, poetry and non-fiction. The books are all recommended by readers and reading groups.
We suggest that people using the Reading Well Books on Prescription scheme may also like to try some mood-boosting fiction or poetry, but the books are not prescribed, endorsed or recommended by health professionals.
Reading Well Mood-boosting Books is delivered by The Reading Agency, working with public libraries, NHS trusts and colleges throughout the UK.
For more information on Reading Well visit their website HERE.