We're working with the Society of Chief Librarians, with funding from Arts Council England and The Wellcome Trust to develop a new Reading Well scheme for people with long term conditions and their carers.
Nottinghamshire County Council and Nottingham City Council have established a steering committee group which has coordinated public health partnership work with the two authorities' library services to deliver Reading Well Books on Prescription.
Heather Rodenhurst, Library Commissioning Manager for Health and Wellbeing (Job Share), tells us how Shropshire Libraries have launched Reading Well Books on Prescription for dementia and of plans to extend the scheme during Dementia Awareness Week.
Ten years ago, Helen from Worcestershire was a happy, outgoing mother of four who worked as a part-time teacher. She started to experience symptoms of anxiety and depression, but they were unrecognised and untreated. Helen set on the road to recovery with professional help and self-help reading.
Libraries up and down the country will be marking World Mental Health Day on 10 October with a wide range of activities to promote health and wellbeing in their local communities. Here are a selection of some of the events.
Carole, a former health care worker and hospital clinical officer, had coped with several health problems during her life, including cancer and a hysterectomy. She had always seen herself as someone who other people turned to for support.
We're working with the Society of Chief Librarians, with funding from Arts Council England, to look at the services and activities that public libraries provide for people with dementia and their carers. This includes the development of a Public Library Dementia Offer as part of the Universal Health Offer and the launch of a "Reading Well Books on Prescription Dementia scheme.
The Yellow Book is a free publication created for people who have had experience of mental illness and their families. It is available in Leicestershire Libraries, alongside Reading Well Books on Prescription.
In March 2013, Hampshire County Council appointed Andover Mind to lead the creation of Dementia Friendly Communities across the county. Sue Smith, Library Manager for New Forest Libraries, explains here how Hampshire Library and Information Service has supported this initiative.
Southend Libraries work around dementia services began in late 2011 with a conversation with council colleagues. It soon became clear that the borough's library network of six branches, a mobile service and busy central library were ideal for spreading the word about dementia services and support available locally.
Telford and Wrekin Libraries have been making great strides in developing a range of services supporting people with dementia. They recently became part of the Telford and Wrekin Dementia Forum - a marker of the value of their work.
NHS Choices has created a short film profiling Reading Well Books on Prescription. The film looks at the value and evidence base for self-help reading. It also provides information about the Reading Well Books on Prescription core list and the common mental health conditions that are covered by the scheme.
An estimated 100,000 people with mental health problems have engaged with Reading Well Books on Prescription and Arts Council England has agreed to fund further work on how libraries can support people with dementia.
This page provides information and resources for people who have been recommended self-help books by their GP, psychological wellbeing practitioner or another health professional as part of the Reading Well Books on Prescription scheme.
Here's a summary of the evaluation plans for Reading Well Books on Prescription. As well as working with health partners to fundraise for a Reading Well Books on Prescription clinical research study, we're undertaking programme evaluation to collect evidence of value and impact.
The Reader Organisation is a national charity and social enterprise that has pioneered the movement of shared reading, connecting people with great literature and each other. Here, they tell us more about their weekly shared reading groups.
In 2005 Sally-Anne had a breakdown that left her unable to work and with severe depression. She had always enjoyed reading so felt that her library might be able to help. The self-help titles she discovered on depression taught her more about her condition and were a great comfort during difficult times.
'Jeannie' (not her real name) is 55 years old and lives in south east London. Her anxiety and depression began about three and half years ago; she thinks several things contributed, such as her having a difficult experience of the menopause and developing problems with her eyesight. Eventually a psychiatrist gave her some books on prescription which helped her to understand and work through her conditions.
Gill Taft, 59, from Warwickshire has suffered with depression and anxiety at various points since her teenage years. Here, Gill tells us how receiving a prescription for self-help books helped her understand and tackle her mental illness.
From June 2013 a range of self-help books will be available in libraries as part of the new Reading Well Books on Prescription scheme. Publisher Constable & Robinson has provided extracts from the core list of books that they have published to help promote the scheme.
Our Reading Well Mood-boosting Books scheme is a national promotion of uplifting titles, including novels, poetry and non-fiction. The books are recommended by readers and reading groups around the country. The new list of 20 Reading Well Mood-boosting Books titles have now been announced.
William Sieghart, National Poetry Day founder and the brains behind Poetry on Prescription, stars in a mini-series of special library events brokered by The Reading Agency and publishers Faber and Faber.
Here is an overview of the resources, guidance and useful web links available for GPs, health care staff, library staff and individuals using the Reading Well Books on Prescription and Mood-boosting Books schemes.
There is strong evidence that self-help reading can help people with common mental health conditions, such as anxiety and depression, sometimes on its own or with other forms of treatment. Reading Well Books on Prescription and Mood Boosting Books take the following studies in to account.
The 1st of October is International Day of Older Persons and the UK's Older People's Day. The day is celebrated annually to recognise the contributions of older persons and to examine issues that affect their lives.
Reading Well Books on Prescription helps you to understand and manage your health and wellbeing using self-help reading, while Reading Well Mood-boosting Books is a national promotion of uplifting novels, non-fiction and poetry selected by readers.
On World Mental Health Day, public health professional Tracey Polak explains how public library services are working with national and local bodies to help people cope with common mental health conditions.
English public libraries have reported major success in supporting people's mental health with Reading Well Books on Prescription. Loans of self-help books in the ground-breaking scheme have more than doubled, it was announced today for World Mental Health Day.
It's been a tremendously exciting and eventful year for us here at the Reading Agency. As the year comes to an end, we thought it was a good time to look back and remember some of those special moments. Here are our highlights.
On 6 June Reading Well Books on Prescription was launched at an event attended by government ministers Ed Vaizey and Norman Lamb. Debbie Hicks, our director of research gave the following speech at the event.
From 6 June, participating libraries will have a core list of 30 titles covering issues such as anxiety, depression, phobias, panic attacks, bulimia and sleep problems. GPs and other health professionals will be able to recommend titles to borrow from local library branches or online through the interlibrary loan system.
Warwickshire libraries have been working with the George Eliot Hospital in Nuneaton to introduce a Library Book Vending Machine. Miranda McKearney attended the launch on 15 March; here is an excerpt from her speech.
At The Reading Agency we act as a catalyst to help libraries make more impact by working together across local authority boundaries to share good practice, ideas, and crucially right now, to save money. We also connect national partners to libraries to build better opportunities for people to become readers. We broker library partnerships with the BBC, TUC and 40 publishers.