Health and Reading Well

Reading Well

Reading well helps you to understand and manage your health and wellbeing using self-help reading. The scheme is endorsed by health professionals and supported by public libraries. Information is available on the Reading Well website. The collection consists of a number of stands and is available in all libraries.

Books on prescription: Mental health

This collection addresses mild to moderate mental health conditions.

Books on prescription: Dementia

This collection provides help and support for people with dementia and their carers. Anyone who would like to find out more about the condition or is worried about symptoms.

Books on prescription: Long-term conditions

This collection provides information and support for people living with a long-term health condition and their carers. It covers common symptoms and titles focused on specific conditions, such as arthritis, bowel conditions, diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

Reading well for Young people

This collection provides information and advice on mental health issues for 13 -18 year olds. The book list contains information about issues like anxiety, stress and OCD and difficult experiences like bullying and exams

Mood Boosting

Mood boosting collections contain a great range of fiction, non fiction, poetry, and short stories and have something for everyone. They can be accessed through all Calderdale libraries .

Macmillan mood boosting books

The reading agency worked with Macmillan cancer support to involve people with experience in cancer in creating the collection. Most titles are not specifically about cancer but have been recommended as books that people have found useful during or after treatment.

Finding the book you want

For books on health, medicine, well-being and fitness that can be borrowed from library service, search the:

Online library catalogue

Online information and services

All Calderdale libraries offer free Internet access, enabling you to search for health information.

  • NHS Choices - Library staff can help you navigate this excellent site.
  • Free access to subscription-only websites.
  • The Social Care and Wellbeing Hub - This is an information resource just for Calderdale. It gives you access to a wide range of health and social care options.
  • Yorkshire smoke free - Find a smoking cessation clinic near you.

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