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Reading Well Books on Prescription

Helping people manage their own health and well-being through recommended self-help books. Because everything changes when we read.

Reading well

Reading Well Books on Prescription provides self-help reading for adults for a range of common mental health conditions including anxiety, depression, phobias and some eating disorders.

The books are based on cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and have been recommended by experts. reading well-1 They provide useful information to help you understand your condition as well as step-by-step strategies and techniques to make positive changes. All have been tried and tested and found to be useful by others.

There is evidence from the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) that self-help reading can help people with common mental health conditions, such as anxiety and depression.

Reading Well Books on Prescription is the first national scheme for England. It builds on local best practice to create a quality-assured and consistent national model and is based on an original scheme developed in Cardiff by Professor Neil Frude. reading well 2 The book collection has been developed by The Reading Agency, in partnership with the Society of Chief Librarians and is supported by the following health partners:

  • Department of Health (IAPT) 
  • Royal College of General Practitioners
  • Royal College of Nursing
  • British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies
  • The British Psychological Society
  • Mind

The books can be recommended by GPs or other health professionals or can be borrowed from the library independently.

The books are available in the following Hillingdon libraries:

  • reading well 3 Botwell Green
  • Charville
  • Harefield
  • Northwood
  • Northwood Hills
  • Oak Farm
  • South Ruislip
  • Uxbridge
  • West Drayton
  • Yeading

Free reservations for titles from the Reading Well booklist are available from all other Hillingdon libraries.

If you find that the book is not helping you, please contact your GP or other health professional.

Useful links

reading well 4 Information for GPs and Health Professionals

Further information can be found in the  prescriber handbook [445kb].

GPs and other health partners can sign up to the scheme with Hillingdon libraries. You will receive prescription leaflets, the guide for health professionals, posters and other supporting materials and information.

For further details, please contact Daniel Waller:

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