New! Reading Well for Young People. Find out more at your local library or visit Reading Well for the full list of book titles.
The books identified for Reading Well have been recommended by experts and have been tried and tested and found to be useful by others. The idea is to combine the benefits of cognitive behavioural based self-help therapy with stress busting reader-recommended novels, poetry and social reading activity.
Anyone can drop in to one of our libraries and borrow these titles - you do not need a prescription and the books are alongside the health collections in each library so they are easy to find. Don't forget we have self issue machines in many of our libraries so it's really easy to borrow and return the books in confidence.
Books on Prescription for Dementia
Reading Well: Books on Prescription for Dementia is a collection of books recommended for people who have or care for someone with dementia.
The titles include personal stories of people who have experienced dementia as a patient or carer, support for carers, information and advice about dementia and ways to live well with the condition. There is also a book aimed at children which is ideal for talking about a grandparent or loved one's dementia with your child.
See the complete Book List.
More information about the Dementia scheme can be found on the Reading Agency website.
Books can be recommended by GPs or other health professionals from the book list, to borrow for free from your library. The scheme also highlights the availability of other services in local libraries that promote well-being, including mood-boosting novels and poetry, reading groups and activities.
About Reading Well
Reading Well is a national scheme across England. There is strong evidence from the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) that self-help reading can help people with common mental health conditions, such as anxiety and depression, sometimes on its own or with other forms of treatment.
The Mental Health scheme was launched by The Reading Agency and Society of Chief Librarians, with the endorsement of the Royal College of GPs, Nursing and Psychiatrists, the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies and of the Department of Health through its Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Programme.
The Dementia scheme is supported by a number of organisations including those listed above and Alzheimer's Society, Carers UK and Dementia UK, all of which can provide further support to people with dementia and their carers.
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