Buckinghamshire Libraries launches 'Reading Well for mental health' with titles by Matt Haig, Sathnam Sanghera and Ruby Wax



Reading Well for mental health provides information and support for people with common mental health needs and for dealing with difficult feelings and experiences. Reading Well for mental health is one of four Reading Well schemes. The other schemes are Reading Well for dementia, Reading Well for young people and Reading Well for long term conditions

The books provide quality-assured information, practical advice for living with mental health needs and support for self-management. The list also includes personal stories written by people living with mental health needs and their carers. The books are available for anyone to borrow from Buckinghamshire libraries. They can also be recommended by health professionals to support treatment. By providing health information and support, the scheme empowers individuals and health professionals, encouraging shared decision making. The scheme is a refresh of the 2013 Reading Well for common mental health conditions scheme.

Reading Well for mental health provides a booklist of 37 titles to support people living with mental health needs and their carers with expert endorsed health information and self-management support. The booklist provides help with dealing with difficult feelings and experiences including bereavement and anger, support for specific conditions including depression, anxiety and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), as well as personal stories and memoir.

Browse and reserve the Reading Well for mental health booklist


The Reading Agency
The Reading Agency is the leading charity inspiring people of all ages and all backgrounds to read for pleasure and empowerment. Working with our partners, our aim is to make reading accessible to everyone. The Reading Agency is funded by Arts Council England. www.readingagency.org.uk

Libraries Connected
Libraries Connected leads the debate on the future of public libraries and advocates for continuous improvement of the public library service on behalf of local people. www.librariesconnected.org.uk

Arts Council England
ACE is the national development body for arts and culture across England, working to enrich people’s lives. We support a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to visual art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections. Great art and culture inspires us, brings us together and teaches us about ourselves and the world around us. In short, it makes life better. Between 2018 and 2022, we will invest £1.45 billion of public money from government and an estimated £860 million from the National Lottery to help create these experiences for as many people as possible across the country. www.artscouncil.org.uk

Wellcome is an independent global charitable foundation dedicated to improving health, because good health makes life better. Since 1936, its support has helped to save and improve millions of lives around the world through science, research, evidence and engagement with society. Visit www.wellcome.ac.uk.


The scheme is delivered by The Reading Agency and the Society of Chief Librarians, with funding from Arts Council England and Wellcome. www.readingagency.org.uk/readingwell

Reading Well for mental health is supported by:

  • Anxiety UK,
  • British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies,
  • British Psychological Society,
  • Carers UK,
  • Health Education England,
  • Mental Health First Aid England,
  • Mental Health Foundation, Mind,
  • National Association of Primary Care, NHS England (IAPT),
  • OCD Action, Public Health England,
  • Royal College of General Practitioners,
  • Royal College of Nurses,
  • Royal College of Psychiatrists,
  • Royal Society of Public Health,
  • Self Management UK.

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