Wellbeing resources in libraries

Keep yourself healthy with our Reading Well schemes and wellbeing resources.

Reading Well schemes

West Sussex libraries offer the five national Reading Well schemes that can help you understand and manage your health and wellbeing using helpful books.

You may be recommended a title by a health professional or you can visit your local library and take a book out yourself.

All the Reading Well titles within the five booklists below can be reserved free of charge.

Mental health

Helpful information and support for managing common mental health conditions or dealing with difficult feelings and experiences.


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.

Shelf help for young people

Recommends expert books about mental health for 13-18 year olds on issues such as anxiety, stress, OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder), bullying and exams.

See The Reading Agency website for more information on the Reading Well for young people shelf help booklist.

Long-term conditions

Provides information and support for people living with a long-term health condition and their carers.

See the The Reading Agency website for more information on the long-term conditions booklist.


Provides stories and advice to support 7-11 year old children's mental health and wellbeing.

See The Reading Agency website for more details on the Reading Well for children booklist.

Reminiscence collection

Our Reminiscence collection consists of over 200 packs of objects, books, music CDs, jigsaws and photographs 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.

There are 22 themes, including baking, seaside, 1950s and World War II and they can be borrowed for up to seven weeks and reserved free of charge.

Further information is available in our Reminiscence Collection.

Last updated:
16 March 2021
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