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Reading Well is the branding that now encompasses Books on Prescription and Mood Boosting Books.

This is a joint initiative from independent charity The Reading Agency and the Society of Chief Librarians, working with local library services.

It offers people self-help books from the library as part of cognitive therapy (CBT) prescribed by a health professional. The scheme works within National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines which recommend the approach for a range of common mental health disorders.

This initiative is supported by the Royal Colleges of General Practitioners, Nursing and Psychiatrists, the Department of Health through its Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Programme (IAPT), the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies, The British Psychological Society and Mind.

This initiative enables GPs and other health professionals to recommend self-help titles (covering issues such as anxiety, depression, phobias, panic attacks, bulimia and sleep problems) for people to borrow from their local library.

The scheme is not designed to replace existing care, but can be a useful addition to pharmacological or psychological treatment or a first step to recovery.

Download the prescriber leaflet and the prescription form to find the answers to the following questions:

  • What is meant by books on prescription?
  • What health problems are covered?
  • Who chooses the books?
  • Will it work for me?
  • How do I get the book from the library?
  • How do I find more information about the scheme?

Prescriber Leaflet

Books on Prescription: Guide for Health Professionals

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Prescription Form

Reading Well recommended reading form

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Reading Well: Mood-boosting Books

Readers and reading groups around the country recommended 20 new Mood-boosting books for 2013 including Miss Garnet's Angel by Salley Vickers and The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4 by Sue Townsend.

We have worked with Macmillan Cancer Support to involve people who have been diagnosed with cancer in recommending mood-boosting books - Macmillan list.

Other Mood-Boosting Books list

In 2012 readers and reading groups selected a main list of 27 Mood-boosting books and there were also lists of titles recommended by young people and older people.

List of books for other conditions:

Stroke booklist

Book to borrow from the library

Size: 151.89 KB File format: pdf

Cancer booklist

Books to borrow from the library

Size: 180.12 KB File format: pdf

Physical health booklist

Books to borrow from the library

Size: 414.69 KB File format: pdf

Reading Well Making the most of your book

Size: 913.32 KB File format: pdf

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