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Look after your mental wellbeing with free books and reading

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Reading Well helps you to understand and look after your health and wellbeing using helpful reading.

The books are all chosen and recommended by health experts, as well as people living with the conditions covered and their relatives and carers.

There are three book lists available:

Reading Well for mental health

Reading Well for mental health provides helpful information and support for managing common mental health conditions, or dealing with difficult feelings and experiences. Some books also include personal stories.

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Reading Well for children

Reading Well for children provides quality-assured information, stories and advice to support children’s mental wellbeing. Chosen and recommended by health professionals and co-produced with children and families.

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Reading Well for dementia

Reading Well Books on Prescription for dementia recommends books you might find helpful if you have dementia, are caring for someone with dementia or would like to find out more about the condition.

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Library services

Books are available from your local library service. Please check your library service website for current opening times and services.

Library membership is free for everyone and there are no overdue charges for any of the books in the 3 Reading Well Schemes.

A number of the titles in each scheme are available in Welsh, with new titles being added as they become available.


Some of the books are available in e-audio and e-Book format through Borrowbox, the e-Book and e-audio book provider for all of the libraries in Wales.

To find out more go to:

Mood-boosting books

Mood-boosting Books is a national promotion of uplifting titles, including novels, poetry and non-fiction. The books are all recommended by readers and reading groups.

Find out more about other reading programmes via Reading Agency’s website below.

Reading Agency

The Reading Agency are a national charity tackling life’s big challenges through the proven power of reading. The Welsh Government are supporting The Reading Agency to deliver Reading Well in all 22 library authorities in Wales.

Self-Help leaflets

Find the relevant self-help leaflet to inform and support you through the topics.

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Self-help leaflets

Self-help leaflets for; Abuse, Alcohol, Anxiety, Bereavement, Controlling Anger, Depression and Low Mood, Domestic Violence, Eating Disorders, Food for Thought, Health Anxiety, Hearing Voices, Obsessions and Compulsions, Panic, Post-Traumatic Stress, Post Natal Depression, Prisoner Anxiety, Prisoner Depression and Low Mood, Prisoner Post Traumatic Distress, Self-Harm, Shyness and Social Anxiety, Sleeping Problems, Stress.

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Easy read guides

You might want to look at this leaflet with someone you trust like a healthcare worker.

Easy read leaflets for; Abuse, Alcohol, Anger, Anxiety, When Someone Dies, Dementia, Depression, Domestic Abuse, Eating Disorders, How to Relax, Obsessions and Compulsions OCD, Panic and Panic Attacks, Self-Harm, Sleep Diary, Sleep.

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