Reading Well for mental health

What is 'Reading Well for mental health'?

Reading Well for mental health helps you to understand and manage your mental health and wellbeing. Books in this collection were specially chosen and recommended by The Reading Agency in partnership with Libraries Connected, health professionals and people with mental health needs, so you can be sure that the information they contain can be trusted. The chosen books deal with issues you might experience such as anger, anxiety, fear, panic, worry, assertiveness, confidence, self-esteem, depression, eating disorders, fatigue and pain. 

What are the books and where can I find them?

There are copies of each title at 10 of our libraries: City, Cruddas Park, Denton Burn, East End, Fenham, Gosforth, Kenton, Newburn, Outer West and West End Libraries. Books can be borrowed for 4 weeks at a time, and this loan can be renewed if no-one else has reserved them. The recommended books can be found in the 'Reading Well' sections of each library participating in the scheme. Please ask a member of staff if you're unsure where this section is.  View the 37 titles recommended on the scheme.

Reading Well for mental health

How does it work?

Anyone can borrow the recommended books. You can use the books on your own or with the support of a health professional. If you are struggling with a health problem we would recommend you to talk to your GP as they can advise you on what other treatments would best suit your needs. If you feel uncomfortable about approaching your GP and would like a referral to a mental health professional, or would like to access the self-help materials, go to Talking Helps Newcastle or Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust.

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