Reading Well

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 four book lists available:

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 Wellcome.

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.

The Reading Well programme is evaluated each year to ensure that it continues to deliver positive outcomes. Health professionals, library staff and users are surveyed on their experiences of the programme, as well as information on reach being calculated through book loans and book sales data. to date, the Reading Well programme has reached over 778,000 users.

The books are displayed at Blackburn and Darwen libraries but can also be requested at Cherry Tree, Mill Hill and Roman Road libraries.