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Reading Well Books on Prescription

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The Reading Well Books on Prescription Scheme (delivered by The Reading Agency and the Society of Chief Librarians with funding from Arts Council England) helps people manage their own health and wellbeing through recommended self-help books.

The scheme is available throughout St.Helens libraries and offers a range of expertly endorsed self-help books which have proven value in helping people with common mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression, anger and panic attacks. Research has shown that books can work well either on their own or in conjunction with other forms of treatment. Download the full list of books available through the scheme

Dementia Scheme

All St Helens Libraries also offer the Reading Well Books on Prescription for Dementia Scheme to those with dementia, their carers or to people who want to find out a bit more about the condition or who are worried about symptoms. The scheme includes a range of books providing information and advice about dementia as well as personal stories. Download the full list of books available through the Dementia Books on Prescription Scheme

Young People's Scheme

All St Helens Libraries now offer a Books on Prescription Scheme for 13-18 year olds, which includes a range of books offering high quality information, support and advice on mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, eating disorders, self-harm and difficult life pressures such as bullying and exams. Download the full list of books available through the young people's scheme

How do I access the schemes?

Your GP or health professional may prescribe a book for you or you can loan it free of charge from your local library.

Please note: In order to borrow a book from the library, you will need to be a member. It's free to join, all you need to do is complete the membership form and take it along to your local library. You will need to provide 2 forms of ID to complete the membership. If you're under 18, you will need your parent or carer to complete some of the form for you.