Wellbeing books

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 can be borrowed free of charge in every Southwark library.

Books on Prescription

All 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.

Ask your GP or health professional

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

Reading Well Books on Prescription: a national scheme

Books on Prescription is 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 national book list, which shares many titles with NHS Southwark’s list, is available from The Reading Agency website.

Booklist for dementia

Reading Well Books on Prescription for dementia promotes books that can help and support people with dementia, carers of people with dementia and anyone who'd like to find out more about the condition or is worried about symptoms.

Reading Well for Young People

Reading Well for Young People promotes self-help books for young people aged 13 to 18. It’s a recommended booklist for young people to explore, including topics such as mental health, wellbeing and how we feel about things.

Page last updated: 06 February 2018