Posted: Monday 10th July 2017
Hertfordshire Libraries now have a new collection of titles to support people with long term conditions. This is part of the national Reading Well Books on Prescriptions scheme
which helps adults with common mental health conditions, people with dementia and their carers, and young people with their health and wellbeing.
Since its launch, the scheme has reached 635,000 people. It has been endorsed by the public as well as by GPs, mental health professionals and government ministers as a helpful community-based health service. It has also delivered significant patient benefit. In a recent survey 96% of those who have borrowed a book from the mental health list said it has been helpful, while 90% said that the scheme helped them to better understand and manage their condition.
The new booklist of 28 titles provides adults living with long term conditions with advice, information and support including self-help, psycho-education and memoir. Specific conditions addressed are arthritis, bowel conditions, breathing difficulties, diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Some common symptoms covered include pain, sleeping problems and mental health and wellbeing. General information and advice on living well with a long term condition and support for family and carers is also included.
The books were selected by health professionals following a rigorous and evidence-based approach. The scheme has been co-produced with people with lived experience.
Most Hertfordshire libraries have their own collection and all the titles can be reserved free of charge to pick up from any local library. Booklists are available in all libraries.
For more information, have a look at the Reading Agency website or get in touch with us