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Reading Well

The Reading Well book lists help you to understand and manage your health and wellbeing using self-help reading.

The books from the lists may be recommended by a health professional or you can self-prescribe and borrow the titles that you think will help you.

If the book isn't available, you can reserve a copy online for free and have it sent to your local library.

Mental health

Information and support for managing common mental health conditions, or dealing with difficult feelings and experiences. Some books also include personal stories from people who are living with or caring for someone with mental health needs.


Books on Prescription for dementia recommends books you might find helpful if you have ben diagnosed with dementia, are caring for someone with dementia or would like to find out more about the condition.

Shelf help: Young people's mental health 

Shelf Help recommends expert endorsed books about mental health for young people, providing 13 to 18 year olds with advice and information about issues like anxiety, stress and OCD, and difficult experiences like bullying and exams.

Long term conditions 

Reading Well for long term conditions provides information and support for people living with a long term health condition and their carers.

The booklist covers general advice and information about living with a long term condition, common symptoms and titles focused on specific conditions such as arthritis, bowel conditions, diabetes, heart disease and stroke.