Reading Well Books on Prescription
West Sussex libraries are part of the national Reading Well Books on Prescription scheme. Books can be 'prescribed' by GPs, or other health professionals, from approved book lists on mental health and dementia.
- Reading Well Books on Prescription mental health book list - The book list for common mental health conditions includes anxiety, depression, phobias and some eating disorders.
- Reading Well Books on Prescription for dementia book list - Includes help and support for people with dementia, carers of people with dementia and anyone who would like to find out more about the condition or are worried about its symptoms.
To borrow the book bring your 'prescription' to the library. If the book is not available immediately we will reserve it for you free of charge. If you are not already a library member and your prescription has been signed by a health professional, this is sufficient to join the library. Library staff will keep your details strictly confidential.
West Sussex Wellbeing Hubs
Wellbeing hubs provide advice and support on how to make small changes to improve your health and wellbeing, including how to stop smoking, become more active and make your meals healthier.
Shelf Help for young people
Shelf Help is a new collection of books, which have been reviewed and selected by clinicians and young people to help with a wide-range of mental health issues like life pressures, depression, self-harm and exams stress. Titles from the collection can be reserved online for free, or ask staff in your local library for help.
Our Reminiscence collection consists of packs of objects, books, music, jigsaws and pictures which help re-awaken people's memories of their experiences and lives. They are ideal for older people, people with dementia and adults and children with disabilities.
The packs are on themes including the 1950s, baking, seaside and World War II and can be borrowed and reserved free of charge.
There are also individual books in our general library collections to help with reminiscence, such as 'Pictures to Share' books, that have been designed specifically for use by people with dementia. There are also books on how to run reminiscence sessions, and other books full of photographs.