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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, chosen by health care professionals and people living with the conditions, provide helpful information and step-by-step techniques for managing common conditions including depression and anxiety. There are also books available to help people living with dementia and their carers.


The latest collection for people living with Long term conditions covers specific conditions such as diabetes, stroke and asthma, as well as common symptoms including pain and fatigue.


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.



Reading Well: Books on Prescription

  • 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


Reading Well: Books on Prescription: Dementia

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

Reading Well: Books on Prescription: Shelf Help

This collection has been developed for young people to help you cope with the pressures of life, feel better about yourself and boost your confidence using books. The books have been chosen by young people and health experts to help you with difficult feelings and experiences that can affect your well being. The books have information and advice as well as personal stories about dealing with feelings such as anxiety, depression or stress and experiences such as bullying.

  • Wellbeing - Mental Health - Coping Feeling Fine - Self-Esteem - Learning About Life
  • ADHD
  • Anxiety, Worry and Panic
  • Autism and Asperger Syndrome
  • Body Image and Eating Disorders
  • Bullying
  • Confidence and Self-Esteem
  • Depression Mood Swings
  • Self-Harm
  • OCD
  • Stress

Reading Well: Books on Prescription: Long Term Conditions

  • Arthritis
  • Bowel Conditions
  • Breathing Difficulties
  • Diabetes
  • Heart Disease
  • Stroke
  • Fatigue
  • Pain
  • Sleep Problems
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing
  • Support for Relatives and Carers

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 Libraries Connected.



If you suffer from a mobility problem and you are unable to get to the library yourself, our Readers at Home service can come to you.



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