Books on Prescription

Books on Prescription is a service available through all public libraries in Worcestershire.

The scheme provides self-help reading for adults for a range of common mental health conditions including anxiety, stress and depression. General Practitioners, Counsellors, Community Health Workers and other Health Practitioners can prescribe these books or they can be borrowed direct from the Library.

Reading Well Books on Prescription is not designed to replace existing care but to provide added value and guidance. It can be used as a standalone treatment, alongside medication and psychological approaches and as an important element in a supported therapeutic programme.

It is supported by health partners including the Department of Health IAPT Programme, Royal College of General Practitioners, Royal College of Nursing, Royal College of Psychiatrists, British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies, British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, The British Psychological Society and Mind.

Non Library members can join, using the prescription as ID, and if the book is not available in that Library, it can be reserved, free of charge and a notification will be sent when the book is available for collection. The scheme is free to use and books can be loaned for up to 3 weeks.

Other Collections are available to borrow these include:
• CAMHS (Children & Adolescent Mental Health Services) Collection
• Pain Management
• Dementia collection

Booklists and further information about the scheme can be downloaded from the Libraries & Learning website http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/info/20017/libraries/1048/national_library_schemes

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