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Books on Prescription

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Reading Well Books on Prescription

Reading Well Books on Prescription scheme is a national reading list for England delivered by The Reading Agency and the Society of Chief Librarians with funding from Arts Council England  www.readingagency.org.uk/readingwell .  The scheme helps people to manage their own health and well-being through recommended self-help books.  Books on the list have been carefully selected and are designed to cover a range of mild to moderate mental health problems including stress, anxiety, anger, phobias and depression amongst others.

The scheme is supported by: The Royal College of General Practitioners, The Royal College of Nursing, The Royal College of Psychiatrists, The British Psychological Society, the Department of Health’s Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Programme (IAPT), the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies, the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapies, and Mind.

How does the scheme work?

Doctors and hrecommendedealth professionals are able to ‘prescribe’ books from the approved list by completing a prescription form.  Individuals can take their book recommendation to any library where the book can be borrowed for free.   Books can be returned to any library in Gloucestershire.  These books can also be borrowed without the need for a prescription.  You can find these books in your local library, clearly marked with one of our green Recommended Reading stickers.

The full range of books can be found below:

Reading Well Books on Prescription Booklist

Do you have to be a member of the library?

If you are already a library member library staff will issue the book to you using your library card. If you are not a library member you will need to join. This is free, and will mean you are able to use other library services as well. You can join at a library or online http://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/article/106000/Join-the-library