Poor mental health and well-being costs the NHS £14 billion a year.
Mood-boosting Books help people feel better by giving them recommended books to read when they are feeling anxious or depressed. Because everything changes when we read.
Mood-boosting Books harnesses the power of reading to promote health and happiness.
Research shows that reading improves mental well-being, and reduces stress levels by 67%. Our Mood-boosting Books scheme aims to help people feel better by recommending uplifting books.
The books are recommended by readers and reading groups around the country and range from novels and non-fiction to poetry and graphic novels. There are also titles which are suitable for less confident readers.
'Different poems took me to different places . . . It made me smile and chuckle.'
'It made me feel more and more happy as the story unfolded.'
Research shows that reading improves mental well-being, and reduces stress levels by 67%. (Mindlab International, 2009)
Reading also reduces the risk of dementia by 35% (New England Journal of Medicine)
One in six adults struggles to read. The Six Book Challenge builds people’s reading confidence and literacy skills, improving their life chances. While Reading Groups for Everyone celebrates all the good things that happen when people come together to share reading and Reading Well supports people's health and wellbeing. Because everything changes when we read.