Prescribing a new list

Ella Rhodes reports.

A new booklist for common mental health conditions is to be launched nationally by the Reading Well Books on Prescription programme on Tuesday 5 June at the Wellcome Trust in London and at a series of regional launches in libraries and health centres.

The first Reading Well booklist supporting common mental health conditions was produced in 2013 and has been hailed a great success with libraries and health professionals across the country. It is being updated this year ‘to ensure that library mental health and wellbeing collections continue to contain the most quality-assured, evidence-based health information possible’.

The Reading Well programme is delivered by the Reading Agency in partnership with the Society of Chief Librarians and is endorsed by the British Psychological Society among others. Its aim is to helps people understand and manage their health and wellbeing using self-help reading. Three more Reading Well booklists are currently available, on dementia, for long-term conditions, and for young people.

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