Health and Wellbeing

Libraries have books to help people manage a range of mental health conditions, those affected by dementia as well as books to lift your mood.

 Reading Well - books on prescription

Recommended Books for Mental Health

Reading Well Books on Prescription are books recommended by health professionals, they can be prescribed or can be borrowed from any Gloucestershire Library

Books on the list have been carefully selected and are designed to cover a range of mild to moderate mental health problems including stress, anxiety, anger, phobias and depression amongst others.

NHS Reading Well Books on Prescription

Recommended Books for Dementia

Reading well - dementia

The 25 books on our spreadsheets icon Dementia Booklist

Dementia Booklist will provide help and support for people with dementia, carers of people with dementia and anyone who would like to find out more about the condition or is worried about symptoms.

Recommended Books for Mental Health for Young People

Collection available in all Gloucestershire Libraries

 Reading Well Young People booklist

Shelf Help - Reading Well booklist for young people

Useful Links

Doctors and health professionals can download this Why use Reading Well Books on Prescription? leaflet for more information.

Reading Agency, Reading Well website

Other health related sites

Mood-Boosting Books

Mood boosting books

Our Reading Well Mood-Boosting Books scheme is part of a national promotion of uplifting novels, non-fiction and poetry selected by readers.

People will be invited to try a mood-boosting book as part of the Reading Well Books on Prescription scheme but the books will not be prescribed by medical practitioners and the list is not endorsed by the Department of Health.

As well as the official Mood-Boosting list, many other books can lift your mood so look out for a Mood-Boosting book display in your library, books can make you feel better!

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