Reading Well helps you to understand and manage your health and wellbeing using helpful reading.
The books are all endorsed by health experts, as well as people living with the conditions covered and their relatives and carers. You can be recommended a title by a health professional, or you can visit your local library and take a book out yourself.
There is a huge evidence base around the value of reading to support health and wellbeing, as well as the value of libraries as non-stigmatised spaces that are both welcoming and empowering for people with mental health problems.
There are currently five book lists available:
- Reading well for mental health
- Reading well for dementia
- Reading well for young people
- Reading well for long term conditions
- Reading well for children
Reading Well is delivered by The Reading Agency in partnership with Libraries Connected as part of their Universal Health Offer. It is funded by Arts Council England and The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport and Welsh Government.
The programme is supported by a wide range of professional health bodies including Public Health England, NHS England and The Royal College of GPs. Visit the Reading Well website to see all of the supporting health partners.
2.6 million Reading Well books have been borrowed from libraries since the programme began, and 91% of people surveyed found their book helpful.