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Reading Well Books on Prescription

Collections of Reading Well Books on Prescription for Long Term Conditions are now available in the following libraries:

Barnstaple, Bideford, Crediton, Exeter, Exmouth, Honiton, Ivybridge, Kingsbridge, Newton Abbot, Okehampton, Sidmouth, St Thomas, Tavistock, Teignmouth, Tiverton and Totnes.

If your local library doesn't hold a collection, requests for these books are free across the whole library network.

This collection includes 28 books recommended by health care professionals covering these subjects:

  • Arthritis
  • Bowel Conditions
  • Breathing Difficulties including Asthma
  • Diabetes
  • Heart Disease
  • Stroke
  • Fatigue
  • Chronic Pain
  • Support for Carers

The scheme is run nationally by The Reading Agency and supported by national organisations working in these areas of health and wellbeing.

For more information, please contact colin.bray@librariesunlimited.org.uk

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Reading Well Books on Prescription for Young People is available in every Devon Library

This collection includes 35 titles recommended by young people and health care professionals including:

  • Self-esteem and learning about life
  • Anxiety, worry and panic
  • Body image and eating disorders
  • Confidence and self-esteem
  • ADHD
  • Autism and Asperger Syndrome
  • Depression
  • Mood swings
  • Self-Harm
  • OCD
  • Bullying

Books can either be ‘prescribed’ or found on library shelves. If you can’t find the book you want they are available through free reservation.

The scheme is run nationally by The Reading Agency and supported by Public Health Devon along with other national organisations working to support the mental health of young people.

Childline – phone: 0800 1111 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

The Samaritans –  phone: 116 123 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

For more information go to Reading Well Shelf Help or contact colin.bray@librariesunlimited.org.uk

Have you borrowed a Reading Well self-help book?

If so we are participating in national academic research to better understand the difference the books make.

To take part in the study, or to find out more information, you can have a no obligation chat in confidence with a researcher – telephone Manpreet Dhuffar or Jo Woodford on 01392 725 780 or send an email to M.Dhuffar@exeter.ac.uk or j.woodford@exeter.ac.uk

For further information please see the leaflet - Reading Well Project Evaluation (469KB - pdf help)

Reading Well Books on Prescription for Dementia

Reading Well Books on Prescription for Dementia book collections are available and free to borrow in every library across the county.

The collections include 25 titles recommended by young people and health care professionals including:

normal ageing and memory problems

background information about dementia

living well with dementia

support for relatives and carers and personal stories

upported by Public Health Devon, The Alzheimer’s Society along with other national organisations working in dementia research, treatment and care.

For more information contact colin.bray@librariesunlimited.org.uk

Further Sources of Dementia Information and Support

Devon

National

Reading Well Books on Prescription for Mental Health

This scheme provides self-help reading for adults based on principles of cognitive behavioural therapy for a range of common mental health conditions including anxiety, depression, phobias and some eating disorders.

Books can be recommended by GPs or other health professionals from the Reading Well Books on Prescription core booklist. With the support of Devon Public Health the books are available from any library or mobile and can be borrowed free of charge. The books have been recommended by experts and have been tried and tested and found to be useful by others.

Reading Well Books on Prescription helps people manage their own health and well-being through recommended self-help books - because everything changes when we read.

If you are a mental health practitioner and are interested in prescribing Reading Well books or for any other information please see our FAQs (446KB - pdf help) or contact Colin Bray colin.bray@librariesunlimited.org.uk

The national Reading Well Books on Prescription scheme for England is delivered by The Reading Agency and the Society of Chief Librarians with funding from Arts Council England. www.readingagency.org.uk/readingwell

The scheme is supported by:

Devon Public Health, The Royal College of General Practitioners, The Royal College of Nursing, The Royal College of Psychiatrists, The British Psychological Society, the Department of Health’s Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Programme (IAPT), the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies, the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapies, and Mind.

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