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Books for health

Find books that can help with health

Reading Well promotes the benefits of reading for health and wellbeing.

  • Mood Boosting Books

    Pick up a pick-me-up at your local library

  • Living with dementia - support from your local library
  • You are welcome to attend our reminiscence groups and other sessions

Mood Boosting Books

Pick up a pick-me-up at your local library.

Research shows that reading improves mental well-being whatever the weather! Libraries are taking part in the Mood Boosting Books Promotion designed for if you are feeling stressed, depressed or just want a bit of a pick-me-up, boost your mood with a recommended read.

Libraries are the ideal place to find a mood-boosting book. As community hubs, libraries are also great places to sample a book group, meet others and get reading recommendations.

People from around the country have read, reviewed and recommended their favourite mood boosting books. This includes:

The list includes books ranging from novels and non-fiction to poetry and graphic novels. Pop into your library and check out their mood boosting displays or request titles from the books on this list free of charge.

To read one of these books:

Books on Prescription

Reading Well Books on Prescription helps you to understand and manage your health and wellbeing using self-help reading. The scheme is endorsed by health professionals.

Reading Well Books on Prescription also signposts people to other wellbeing services in libraries, including social and recreational activity such as reading groups and community volunteering.

Reading Well reading lists

There are 4 reading lists:

  • Reading Well Books on Prescription for mental health for conditions such as anxiety and depression
  • Reading Well Books on Prescription for dementia which recommends books you might find helpful if you have dementia, are caring for someone with dementia or want to find out more about the condition; the books include information and advice, help after diagnosis, practical support for carers and personal stories
  • Reading Well for young peopleprovides recommended reading to young people to help them understand and manage their mental health and wellbeing and build emotional resilience. The scheme provides young people with advice, information and support on a range of mental health issues such as anxiety and depression, and difficult experiences like bullying and exam stress. Health professionals, such as GPs, school counsellors, school nurses and Children and Young People's  Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (CYP IAPT) practitioners, can refer young people to titles on the booklist using the recommended reading form in the user leaflet. The scheme may be used while waiting for, or alongside, other forms of treatment as a key element in a supported programme. It can also be used as a stand-alone treatment for young people that GPs have not yet referred to CYP IAPT services
  • Reading Well for long-term conditions provides a booklist of 28 titles providing people living with long term conditions and their carers with expert endorsed health information and self-management support.  The book list covers general information on living well with a long term condition, titles on specific conditions (diabetes, arthritis, COPD, asthma, heart disease, angina, IBS and stroke), symptom-based titles (mental health related to living with a long term condition, sleeping difficulties, fatigue and pain management) and titles for family and carers.  It also includes fiction and personal stories related to living with a long term condition.

The books are available for anyone to borrow from the local library.  Your GP or another health professional may also have recommended one of the titles.

More Reading Well resources

In addition to the Books on Prescription for Dementia booklist, Dorset Library Service also has many books and resources which may help you, your family or carers, if you have been affected by dementia.

You may also be interested in the Reading Well mood-boosting books list.

The items listed in the booklist are just a taster of the type of stock that we hold.  Customers are able to request specific titles that are not in stock via the library catalogue or by calling into your local library. 

Living with dementia

Find details of dementia support available in your area.

Children's wellbeing

Dorset Libraries have many books and resources that can help you and your family support your child's wellbeing. 

Our supporting children's wellbeing leaflet contains a selection of books which have been chosen and recommended by professionals to help you understand issues such as anxiety, anger and ADHD.

All books are available to borrow from the library service

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