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Wellbeing books

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Healthy living books to improve your health and mental wellbeing

Self help books can be very effective in helping with mental wellbeing, healthy eating, weight management, physical activity and ways to stop smoking. NHS Southwark, SLaM and Southwark library staff have produced a booklist of high quality self help books which are available to be borrowed free of charge in every Southwark library.

Books on Prescription

All of the booklist titles also form part of the Books on Prescription service. This service enables high quality self help books to be prescribed by GPs and other health professionals. The books have been recommended by psychologists and counsellors and can be borrowed from any library in Southwark.

Follow the links to see the full list of books available on this scheme and to find your nearest library.

Ask your GP or health professional

If you feel that reading about your needs or problems may be helpful please ask your GP or health professional about Books on Prescription.

Reading Well Books on Prescription: a national scheme

Books on Prescription is now available across the country as the Reading Well Books on Prescription scheme -  delivered in partnership with the Society of Chief Librarians as part of the Universal Health Offer for Libraries. The scheme is supported by health partners including the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies, the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, The British Psychological Society, Mind, the National Association of Primary Care, NHS England through its Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Programme (IAPT) and the Royal Colleges of General Practitioners, Nursing and Psychiatrists.

The national book list is available from The Reading Agency website on the Reading Well page.

Booklist for dementia

Reading Well Books on Prescription for dementia provides help and support for people with dementia, carers of people with dementia and anyone who would like to find out more about the condition or is worried about symptoms.

The booklist for dementia is divided into four categories: information and advice; living well with dementia; support for relatives and carers; and personal stories.

Reading Well Books on Prescription also helps people discover other library wellbeing services including Reading Well Mood-boosting Books and reading groups.

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