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Books on Prescription

Many people develop emotional or mental health problems during their life. They may struggle to cope with difficult times or events, and feel vulnerable, anxious or worried. Reading Well Books on Prescription helps you manage your well-being using self-help reading.


The books provide helpful information and step-by-step techniques for managing common conditions including depression and anxiety. There are also books available to help people with dementia and their carers.


Read Well Collections are available from Central, Blaydon, Birtley and Leam Lane libraries or can be sent to any of our core branch libraries. You can also reserve the books online for free if you have a library card. If you don’t have a library card, just call into your local library with some ID containing your name and address and we’ll sort one out for you.



Mental Health

  • 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



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


List of Books

Download the complete list of mental health books

List of dementia books

List of mood-boosting books


Information about the scheme

Books can be recommended or ’prescribed’ by your GP, psychological well-being practitioner or another health professional. They will complete a prescription form attached to the Reading Well Books on Prescription User Guide. Individuals can then take their book prescription to the library where the book can be borrowed for free.


Some people may also use the self-help books independently as a first step in seeking help.


Download the Books on Prescription User Guide.


The scheme is supported by Department of Health (IAPT), Royal College of General Practitioners, Royal College of Psychiatrists, Royal College of Nursing, British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies, British Psychological Society and Mind.

Developed by The Reading Agency in partnership with The Society of Chief Librarians.





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