Reading Well is a program that is being implemented in libraries to promote mental health and wellbeing across all of England.
Books on mental health, long-term conditions, dementia, and mood can be reserved for up to 6 weeks at a time. Reading Well books are available in Norfolk libraries so that individuals in the area can benefit from learning to improve their wellbeing.
All of the available books have been recommended by health professionals and people with experience of living with the conditions. While these books can be prescribed to people by healthcare professionals, you can also borrow the books without being referred to Reading Well.
Reading Well for Mental Health books are able to assist you with managing common mental health issues. There are also books available that will be able to help you understand your emotions and get through difficult times in your life. To browse these books, click here.
Reading Well for Long-term Conditions books are also to help both people with common longer term illnesses and their carers. The books are able to address symptoms associated with living with a long term condition (pain, fatigue, sleeping problems, etc). It will also include condition-specific books that cover things like arthritis and diabetes. To browse these books, click here.
Reading Well for Dementia books can help those living with dementia and their carers to develop a better understanding of the condition. The books offer information and advice, help after diagnosis, support for carers, and personal stories. To browse these books, click here. There are also Reminiscence kits available to reserve. These kits allow you to work with individuals at various stages of memory loss and difficulty with communication.
Reading Well Mood Boosting books are able to help readers feel more uplifted by reading novels, poetry and non-fiction titles. Many of the books on the list have been recommended by those who have cancer, as they have reported that reading these books before or after treatment significantly boosted their mood. To browse these titles, click here.