Cheshire East libraries health & wellbeing offer

We provide a range of health and wellbeing services and activities. You can find health information and links to useful resources on our health & wellbeing page. You can also find out more in our health & wellbeing leaflet (PDF, 558KB). We subscribe to the national Mood Boosting Books and the Reading Well schemes for adult mental health, dementia and young people.

Reading Well books on prescription

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Reading well books on prescription provides self-help reading for adults based on cognitive behavioural therapy for a range of common mental health conditions including anxiety, depression, phobias and some eating disorders.

There are 30 core titles, all endorsed by health professionals, which can be borrowed from the library free of charge. The books are available either by referral from a GP or other health professional, or just by visiting your local library. You can find an overview of the books on the reading well website. You can read or listen to extracts from a selection of the titles.

The reading agency has provided tips on how to make the most of your chosen or prescribed book. There are other resources for readers, as well as health professionals and clinical commissioning groups, on their reading well resources page.

The reading agency is keen to get feedback from people who have used any of the core titles. You can download a confidential feedback form and return it to your library.

In addition, researchers at the University of Exeter are currently conducting a study into the Reading Well self-help books for common mental health conditions, in association with the Reading Agency and the Society of Chief Librarians. If you have ever read one of the Reading Well books you may want to take part in the study, which involves a short questionnaire or telephone interview. You can take the survey online, or to find out more about the purpose of the study and how to take part visit the Reading Well study website or pick up an information pack at the library. The survey deadline is Friday 9th December 2016.

Reading Well books on prescription for dementia

RW dementia smallThe Reading Well books on prescription for dementia scheme recommends books you might find helpful if you have dementia, are caring for someone with dementia or would like to find out more about the condition.

The 25 titles on the list provide information and advice, support for living well with dementia, advice for relatives and carers, and personal stories. They are endorsed by health professionals and available from the library.

We are a member of the Cheshire East Dementia Action Alliance. Read our action plan or our dementia pledge (PDF, 19KB) to find out more. 

Reading Well books on prescription for young people

RW YP leafletA panel of young people have come up with a list of 35 titles that help them to understand and manage their wellbeing and emotional resilience, which have been endorsed by mental health experts. The books are aimed at 13-18 year olds, and contain high-quality information, support and advice on a wide range of mental health issues, such as anxiety, depression, eating disorders and self-harm. They also provide help with difficult life pressures, such as bullying and exams. Find shelf help at your library!

Mood boosting books

Reading well mood boosting books is a national promotion of uplifting titles, including novels, poetry and non-fiction. The books have been recommended by readers and reading groups. There are lists for adults and young people.

mood boosting logoThe reading agency has also worked with Macmillan cancer support to create the Macmillan mood boosting list - 20 titles recommended by people who have been diagnosed with cancer. In January 2015, Macmillan put together a cancer support list of core titles with information about cancer and people's experiences of living with cancer. For books about cancer you can also download the Macmillan cancer support list for libraries.


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