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Books on Prescription


Books on prescription helps you manage your well-being using self-help reading. The scheme is endorsed by health professionals and supported by public libraries. The books provide helpful information and step-by-step self-help techniques for managing common conditions, including depression and anxiety. 

How does books on prescription work?

These self-help books are available for anyone to borrow from their local library. Sometimes self-help books may be recommended by a GP, psychological wellbeing practitioner or another health professional as part of treatment.  

There are three Books on Prescription lists to choose from:

Reading well for common mental health conditions

Reading well for dementia

Reading well for long term conditions


Other Reading Well lists

Shelf Help is for young people. It lists books recommended by young people and health experts on topics such as ADHD, bullying, self-harm and mood swings.

Mood-boosting Books is a related scheme. It is a national promotion of uplifting titles, including novels, poetry and non-fiction. The books on this list are all recommended by readers and reading groups.

Ask at your local library for a copy of either of these lists.