Health and Wellbeing

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: 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 Park, Denton Burn, East End, Fenham, Gosforth, Kenton, Newburn, Outer West and West End Libraries. 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. Find out more about Reading Well Books on Prescription Dementia

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 Libraries.  

Find out more about Reading Well Shelf Help

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.

Reading Well: Long Term Conditions

Books in the latest collection have been chosen by health experts and people living with long term conditions and their carers.  The list covers specific conditions including diabetes, stroke and asthma, as well as common symptoms including pain and fatigue.  As with the existing Reading Well schemes, health professionals will be able to recommend titles on the list to their patients.  The collections are now available in City, Cruddas Park, Denton Burn, East End, Fenham, Gosforth, Kenton, Outer West and West End Libraries.

Find out more about Reading Well Long Term Conditions

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 people living with dementia. Find out more about Pictures to Share.

Talking Helps Newcastle

Talking Helps Newcastle is the NHS talking therapy service for Newcastle residents. They can help you with common issues such as depression, anxiety, stress and anger. For more information, visit Talking Helps Newcastle.

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

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