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What are books on prescription and how can they help?

Books on Prescription is a self-help scheme for people with mild to moderate mental health problems, whereby books and CDs based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy principles are offered to follow at the user’s own pace.

Many different topics areas are covered, such as: depression, eating disorders, obsessive compulsive problems, social phobia, panic, anger and low self-esteem. There are also titles available that help with lifestyle choices such as smoking, drinking and weight management.

Books on Prescription are available:

  • to loan from your local library by using your library card
  • by visiting your GP and receiving a ‘book prescription’

See the link below for more information from St Helens Council on Reading Well Books on Prescription.
www.sthelens.gov.uk/libraries/reading-well-books-on-prescription