Reading Well

Find Shelf Help in your local library

The Reading Well ‘Shelf Help’ list has been compiled to help young people cope with the pressures of life, feel better about themselves and boost their confidence. Selected by young people and health experts the books in this collection can help in managing  difficult feelings and experiences including Bullying; Anxiety; Stress; Depression; Self-confidence and Body Image.

Reading Well Books on Prescription dementia book scheme in libraries

Libraries across Southend-on-Sea are supporting a free reading scheme endorsed by health professionals and designed to help people better understand and manage dementia.

“Reading Well Books on Prescription dementia” recommends self-help books for people who may have the condition, care for someone with dementia, or just want to find out more.

Titles are available for anyone to borrow or request free of charge from any library in the county. Books can also be recommended by doctors and health professionals and cover information and advice, help after diagnosis, practical support for carers and personal stories.

Reading Well Books on Prescription for common mental health conditions

A diagnosis of dementia can be stressful for everyone. These self-help titles can be found in Southend Libraries and can help you understand and manage common conditions, such as depression and anxiety.

Reading Well Mood-boosting Books

This national promotion of uplifting titles, includes novels, poetry and factual books such as travel writing and life stories.

Information about local dementia services and support

Libraries are a good place to find out about services, groups, as well as Carer and self-help support available locally for people affected by dementia.

For more information, visit the Reading Well website or pick up a free leaflet from your nearest library. Titles are listed on the library catalogue and can be found on the Library Catalogue website

For further specialist support and advice concerning Dementia please see our Dementia page.

Page last updated: 20/06/2017