Reading well: Books on prescription – a new chapter

readingwell.jpgReading Well: Books on Prescription is a self-help scheme offering free access to trusted books on mental health issues including dementia.

Until now the collections of books have been adult-focussed, but these are augmented with a selection for teenagers and young people covering topics such as OCD, self-harm and eating disorders. The books are authoritative and include information and advice as well as personal stories.

The books are displayed at Blackburn and Darwen libraries but can also be requested at Livesey, Mill Hill and Roman Road libraries.  Local health practitioners have been given details of the resources and have prescription forms which they may ask their patients to hand in at their local library. If books are taken out “on prescription” they can be borrowed for a longer period of time and, if on loan, requested free of charge. However, all library members can access the collections applying the standard loan conditions.

Reading Well uses books to help people cope with the pressures of life, to boost confidence and make them feel better about themselves. It is supported by The Reading Agency, the Society of Chief Librarians, the Association of Children’s and Education Librarians. Arts Council England and the Wellcome Trust.

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