Thursday, 10 October 2013

Reading Well At Your Local Library For World Mental Health Day

The campaign helps support people with mental health conditions through two reading schemes: Books on Prescription and Mood-boosting Books.

Books on Prescription helps people suffering from conditions such as depression and anxiety and was launched nationally earlier this year. The scheme enables GPs and other health professionals to recommend 30 self-help titles available to borrow from your local library.

Mood-boosting Books is a national promotion of uplifting novels, non-fiction and poetry. Readers and reading groups around the country have recommended 20 new mood-boosting books for others to enjoy. The Reading Agency has also worked with Macmillan Cancer Support to produce a list of mood-boosting books for people who have been diagnosed with cancer.

Cambridgeshire County Council's Cabinet Member for Education and Learning, Councillor David Harty, said "There’s growing evidence that shows that reading can positively help people with certain mental health conditions and we’re able to help support this within our libraries through these two schemes."