Reading for wellbeing
Since 2012, Islington libraries have stocked the Reading Well collection – collections of books that can help residents manage their health and wellbeing using self-help reading on a range of topics.
One of the most successful schemes is Reading on Prescription, which provides a range of books for common mental health conditions including anxiety, depression, phobias and some eating disorders. The scheme has now been extended to include Books on Prescription for 13-18 year olds.
Rosemary Doyle, Head of Libraries and Heritage Services, said: “At a time when we know mental health issues among young people are increasing, it is so important that they can access free, high-quality information, advice and support.
“These books are absolutely fantastic resources and cover a range of topics, such as self-harm and difficult life pressures, like bullying and exams,” she said.
There is also a new collection in Central Library of around 40 books on autism, to boost familiarity of the condition and support people with autism and their carers and friends.
Other collections include Reading Well Books on Prescription for people with dementia and their carers, ‘mood-boosting books’ – a collection of uplifting novels and poetry, and the carers’ collection.