Reading Well is a national scheme coordinated by the Reading Agency. It comprises several collections of books selected by health professionals and people with lived experience, which are available through public libraries across the UK.
Reading Well for Mental Health
The Mental Health collection is for people affected by a range of mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, grief, panic, body image issues and eating disorders. As well as handy guides to overcoming these conditions and common treatments such as CBT, the collection includes real-life accounts of people with lived experience of mental health conditions and their stories.
The titles are available across our libraries and can be reserved using the catalogue.
Reading Well for Long Term Conditions
This collection is aimed at those with long-term health conditions including heart disease, lung disease, inflammatory bowel disorders, arthritis, stroke and diabetes, as well as issues common to a range of conditions such as pain, chronic fatigue and sleep problems, and titles for carers.
Titles are available across our libraries or can be reserved using the catalogue.
Reading Well for Children
Reading Well for Children is a collection of engaging books targeted at children aged 7-11, across a wide range of reading levels to support less confident readers and to encourage children to read together with their siblings and carers. It provides quality-assured information, stories and advice to support children’s mental health and wellbeing.
Books in the collection have been chosen and recommended by leading health professionals and co-produced with children and families.
Reading Well for Teens
Reading Well for Teens is a collection of books, especially for young people, selected by librarians and health professionals to help you manage your emotions and look after your mental health, from dealing with anxiety, depression and body image issues to staying safe on social media. It also includes titles on neurodiversity and sexuality.
Reading Well for Dementia
Reading Well for Dementia is a collection of books aimed at those with a diagnosis of dementia, their families and carers. Encompassing lived experience, practical information, novels, reminiscence picture books and even a picture book to help children understand a grandparent’s diagnosis, titles are available in many of our libraries.