Reading Well - Books on prescription

At any time, one in four of us experiences difficulties with our mental health.

The Reading Well - Books on Prescription scheme can help with a range of commonly experienced mental health problems, such as depression, anxiety and stress.

The chosen books under this scheme are designed to raise your self-awareness and then suggest courses of action to help, often simple behavioural or thought strategies. You will need to commit a certain amount of time to reading the books and doing the exercises.

How the scheme works

Your doctor may prescribe you some self help books to read through. Take the prescription to your local library, where staff will help find the book.

Reading Well Books On Prescription collections are located at each of our libraries.

If you are not already a member of the library you can join immediately.

Books are issued for three weeks and can be renewed if no-one is waiting for them.

The recommended books are also available for anyone to read, you do not have to be on the scheme.

Any other organisations can signpost people to the library, as the books are available for anyone using the library to read and borrow. 

Case study and launch video

See the video below filmed at the launch in Brent where Rob Willson, Cognitive Behaviour Therapist explains more about the scheme and Fiona Heffernan, Brent Libraries Development Officer provides a very interesting case study and insight into her experience of a mental break-down.