We all want to lead happy and contented lives and our health can play a major part in contributing towards our overall wellbeing. Here at Newcastle Libraries we offer a range of resources, information and partnerships which aim to help people improve their health and wellbeing and which are freely available for everyone to use.

Reading Well Books on Prescription

Reading Well Books on Prescription is a national scheme run with a number of GP surgeries in Newcastle, where GPs 'prescribe' books that help you manage your mental wellbeing for a range of common mental health conditions including anxiety, depression, phobias and some eating disorders. Find out more about Reading Well Books on Prescription.

Reading Well Books on Prescription: Dementia 

Building on the success of the common mental health conditions list, Reading Well Books on Prescription for dementia is now available in City, Cruddas ParkDenton Burn, East End, FenhamGosforth, Kenton, NewburnOuter West and West End Library. Each collection includes professionally endorsed information and advice for people with dementia, their carers, and people worried about symptoms or wanting to find out more about the condition. The collections provide:

  • Information and advice about dementia and normal ageing
  • Support with living well following diagnosis
  • Practical advice for carers
  • Personal stories
  • Suggestions for shared therapeutic activities

More information about the scheme can be found here.

Jesmond Library is the information hub for dementia friendly Jesmond.  Newcastle Libraries has provided a special collection of books from their 'Reading Well Books on Prescription for Dementia'.

Reading Well: Shelf Help

Books in the collection have been chosen by young people and health experts to help you deal with difficult feelings such as anxiety, depression or stress and experiences such as bullying that can affect your wellbeing.  The collections are now available in City, Cruddas Park, Denton Burn, East End, Fenham, Gosforth, Kenton, Outer West and West End Library.  

More information about the scheme can be found here

We also have lots of other books on these subjects on our online catalogue. Use the keyword search to find the subject you are interested in.  Visit the online catalogue.

If you need advice now, or even want to chat in confidence online, there are many supportive health and wellbeing websites for young people.  View a selection of health websites

Books for Children and Parents

The All About You and Parent Collections are collections of books for children and their parents which have been chosen with the help of Newcastle's Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services. The books cover issues such as bullying, worrying too much and feeling sad.

Find out more about:

Reading Well Mood Boosting Books

Looking for a feel good book with uplifting titles to boost your mood? Then look no further! Go to our mood boosting reading list and take your pick. These books have been recommended by readers and reading groups from around the country and they range from novels and poetry to non-fiction. Enjoy!

Pictures to Share

The Pictures to Share collections are high quality and beautiful books which combine pictures and text for adults in a meaningful way. They can help stimulate conversation between families, professionals and dementia sufferers. Find out more about Pictures to Share.

Reduce Stress by Reading

Reading is stress busting. Research shows that reading can reduce stress levels by 67%. Shared reading groups meet on a weekly basis to read aloud and talk about short stories, poems and novels. Newcastle Libraries also run a number of other reading groups for adults, teenagers and children. More information on reading groups.

The Home Delivery Service

The Home Delivery Service will deliver books to your door if your housebound, so you can keep reading even if you can't get to the library! More information on the Home Delivery Service.

Newcastle Psychological Services

Newcastle Psychological Services deliver classes in Newcastle Libraries to help manage stress, anger, restful sleep and increase self-confidence. They also deliver two cognitive behavioural therapy computer based programmes for treatment of depression and anxiety. For more information, phone 0191 229 2941 or visit Talking Helps Newcastle.

Internet Taster Sessions

Learn how to find quality health information online, including how to locate your nearest GP and health services, by booking a free introduction to health information online internet taster session. Simply phone 0191 277 4100 or email information@newcastle.gov.uk for more details.

To find more sources of quality health information, check out our range of recommended health related websites, as well as the NHS Choices video clips which talk about different health issues.

Page last updated: 
13 October 2016
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