Reading Well (Books on Prescription) for Young People

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Reading Well promotes the benefits of reading for health and wellbeing. The programme has two strands: Books on Prescription and Mood-boosting Books.

A booklist of 35 titles has been made available in public libraries across England. The titles provide 13 to 18 year-olds with support and advice on common mental health conditions, such as depression, anxiety and stress. The books, which include self-help, psycho-education, memoirs, graphic novels and fiction, have all been chosen by young people and health professionals.

We have Reading Well collections in a number of our libraries and hubs, all can be reserved.

How does BOP work?

Your support worker, health visitor or GP can help you choose a book that they think will help. They can also let you know where you can pick a book up from.

Do I need to join the library?

If you decide to pick the book up from your local library, we will ask you to become a member. Joining the library is free and easy to do, and BOP is confidential.

Can BOP help me and my family?

YES. Evidence shows that self help books can make a difference. Many of the books available will give you advice and information, and start to help to put you and your family back on the right track.

For more information contact your local library   

Who to contact

Middlesbrough Libraries website
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Page last reviewed: 12/07/2022


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