Books now available on prescription
Wakefield Libraries in conjunction with other library services across the UK will be participating in a new service called Reading Well Books on Prescription to help people read themselves back to good health. This means you can go to your library for books which are recommended by health professionals as helping with conditions such as anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, phobias and some eating disorders.
Health practitioners such as GPs, Nurses and community therapists can ‘prescribe’ these books to patients or patients can refer themselves to their local library branch to access these recommended books. One in four people will experience mental health problems during their lives. There are an estimated six million people with anxiety and depression, yet three quarters get no treatment.
On 4 June the Minister for Culture, Communications and the Creative Industries Ed Vaizey officially launched the Reading Well Books on Prescription scheme at The National Association of Primary Care who support the scheme, which has also been developed in conjunction with the Society of Chief Librarians and local library services.
The core list of books available at Wakefield Libraries in support of this scheme is available here.