Books on prescription

Developed in partnership with the staff at Mind in Kingston, and the Royal Borough of Kingston Public Health Team, Kingston Libraries has a collection of approximately 150 self-help books which aim to help people with mild to moderate mental health problems learn more about their conditions and provide steps to overcome their symptoms and regaining their lives.

The 80 titles forming the basis of the collection were suggested by the staff at Mind in Kingston and also from a wider initiative, Books on Prescription.

In June 2013 Reading Well Books on Prescription was launched by independent charity the Reading Agency and the Society of Chief Librarians with the aim of bringing local initiatives into a national scheme for England. The titles in the Reading Well Books on Prescription collection cover a range of common mental health disorders such as anxiety, depression, panic attacks and sleep problems. Participating GPs are able to prescribe the books to patients as part of their treatment, but the books are freely available to reserve and borrow by anyone through all the borough's libraries.

Collections are available at Kingston, New Malden, Surbiton and Hook & Chessington libraries, and on request at Old Malden, Tolworth and Tudor Drive libraries.

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