Reading Well books on prescription

Research shows that self-help reading can support adults with common mental health conditions, such as anxiety, depression, phobias and some eating disorders.

Reading Well Books on Prescription is a collection of books that are based on cognitive behavioural therapy and have been recommended by health professionals. They provide useful information and personal stories to help you understand your condition, step-by-step strategies and techniques to make positive changes. They also offer advice for relatives and carer.

They cover reading well for:

  • mental health
  • young people - offer tips and ideas to help 13 to 18-year-olds understand and manage their emotions and cope with difficult experiences, such as bullying and exams.
  • children
  • long term conditions
  • dementia - helpful if you have dementia, are caring for someone with dementia or would like to find out more about the condition.

These books can be recommended by GPs and other health professionals. They can also be borrowed from some of our libraries - please check with your local branch.

What if I need more help?

If you find that Reading Well books are not helping you, contact your doctor or another health professional. It can also be helpful to talk things through with your family or friends.

The following websites also provide useful information and advice.

Page last updated: 26 Jan 2023