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Books on Prescription

  • Reading Well Books on Prescription is the first national scheme for England;  it provides self- help reading for adults based on cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) for a range of common mental health conditions including anxiety, depression, phobias and some eating disorders. 
  • Reading Well Books on Prescription aims to increase access to quality-assured health information and advice able to help people understand and manage common mental health conditions. Reading Well Books on Prescription is not designed to replace existing care but to provide added value and guidance 
  • Books are available from local libraries on ‘prescription’ which means they have been recommended by GPs or other health professionals. Books are also available for anyone to read which means that some people may be borrowing a book without having been prescribed it as a first step in seeking help
  • Reading Well Books on Prescription is part of a suite of health projects run by The Reading Agency that also help people discover other well-being reading services in libraries.  You can read some extracts from a few of the books.


Here is an interesting script from the video about the positive aspects of self-issue machines which all libraries in Dudley have: 

"The other advantage in some libraries is they have a thing called self issue,which enables the person to take books out through a kiosk. So what they can do in these libraries is take the book, put it in the kiosk,it issues them, they bring it back, put it back in the kiosk, don't see a member of staff at all. For a lot of people I think that would enable them to take the books out without being sensitive about what book they're taking out. When you're in those stages of depression or anxiety, actually getting out, and coming out and doing things, can be a real strain. I think that to be able to come into a library and to find the book in there, but also within the library you've got people within there that can be a lot more understanding,but also you've got films, CDs, all sorts of things that go on in libraries. You can even maybe get on the internet as well. I think that it's really beneficial".

Mood Boosting Books

Our Reading Well Mood-boosting Books scheme is a national promotion of uplifting novels, non-fiction and poetry selected by readers. Find out more about mood boosting books or see our list on our library catalogue.

Reading Well Books for dementia

Reading Well Books on Prescription for dementia 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. The books provide information and advice, support for living well, advice for relatives and carers, and personal stories. 

Reading Well Books for long term health conditions

Reading Well Books for long term health conditions recommends books you might find helpful if you have, or are caring for someone with a long term physical health condition.

NHS Choices

NHS Choices now feature information about Reading Well Books on Prescription for dementia on the following pages of their Dementia Guide: 

Other sources of support

  • Leaflets in other languages

The following offer a selection of relevant leaflets in different languages: 

Northumberland, Tyne & Wear NHS

 

Further sources of information:

ALCOHOL AND DRUG
AQUARIUS 01384 261267
1st Floor, Molyneux Chambers, 129-137 High Street, Brierley Hill, Dudley DY5 3AU
aquarius.7@zoom.co.uk or www.aquarius.org.uk

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS (AA) NATIONAL HELPLINE: 0845 769 7555
www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk  


Counselling Services

 RELATE 0121 544 7088
Old Municipal Buildings, Freeth Street, Oldbury, West Midlands B69 2AB

SAMARITANS 01384 78111
Beryl House, 8 Albion Street, Brierley Hill, DY5 3EE

THE WELL TRUST COUNSELLING CENTRE 01384 443446
105 High Street, Stourbridge, West Midlands, DY9 1EE

 

THE WHAT CENTRE 01384 379992
23 Coventry Street, Stourbridge, West Midlands


DOCTORS

NHS DIRECT 084504647 www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk


DOMESTIC ABUSE

DOMESTIC LIAISON OFFICERS
Brierley Hill, Dudley, Sedgley and Coseley: 0121 626 8078
Halesowen & Stourbridge: 0121 626 9209

DUDLEY RAPE AND SEXUAL ASSAULT COUNSELLING SERVICE
01384 366273

VICTIM SUPPORT (WEST MIDLANDS BRANCH
01384 241511 or 0845 3030 900 


DROP-IN

BEACON (MIND) 01384 442938
Sedgley Community Centre, Ladies Walk, Sedgley, DY3 1NU

THE CAF CLUB (RETHINK) 01384 869898
Criterion House, 120 King Street, Dudley, DY2 8NZ 


EMPLOYMENT

EMPLOYMENT SUPPORT PROJECT (RETHINK) 01384 358313
Criterion House, 120 King Street, Dudley, DY2 8NZ
OSAT (RETHINK) 01384 869898
Criterion House, 120 King Street, Dudley DY2 8NZ osat@rethink.org  


FINANCE
BENEFITS SHOP 01384 812639
35 Churchill Precinct, Dudley DY2 7BL shop.benefits@dudley.gov.uk

CITIZENS ADVICE BUREAU www.citizensadvice.org.uk
Brierley Hill: Cottage Street, Brierley Hill, West Midlands, DY5 1RE
Dudley: Marlborough House, 11 St. James’s Road, Dudley, DY1 1JG, 01384 816222
Halesowen: 49 Summer Hill, Halesowen, West Midlands, B63 3BU
Hall Street: Sure Start, Central Clinic, Hall Street, Dudley, 01384 816070.
Kate’s Hill: Kate’s Hill Estate Office, Dudley, 01384 816070.
Lower Gornal: Lower Gornal Health Centre, Bull Street, Gornal Wood, DY3 2NQ. 01384 816070
Stourbridge: 69 Market Street, Stourbridge, West Midlands, DY4 1AQ.

NATIONAL DEBTLINE 0808 808 4000 


Useful Websites

NATIONAL CENTRE FOR EATING DISORDERS
Details: The National Centre For Eating Disorders, established in 1984, is an independent organisation set up to provide solutions for all eating problems, compulsive or "binge" eating, failed or "yo-yo" dieting, bulimia and anorexia.
www.eating-disorders.org.uk 0845 8382040 

 

DEPRESSION ALLIANCE
Details: Charity offering help to people with depression, run by sufferers themselves. Website contains
practical information about depression, as well as details of Depression Alliance campaigns and local
groups. 0845 1232320
www.depressionalliance.org 

DOC READY

Doc Ready is a digital tool that helps young people to prepare and make the most out of mental health related GP visits

http://www.docready.org/static/client/index.html#/home 

CRUSE BEREAVEMENT CARE
Details: Offers counselling, information and advice to anyone affected by a death and those who care for
them. Also runs Cruse Youth Helpline, giving confidential advice and support to young people affected by
bereavement.
www.cruse.org.uk 0844 4779400

FIRST STEPS TO FREEDOM
Details: First Steps to Freedom is a registered charity which aims to help, in a practical way, people who
suffer from phobias, obsessional compulsive disorder (excessive washing, checking, unwanted thoughts
etc., those with general anxiety, panic attacks, anorexia and bulimia, and those who wish to come off
tranquillisers, together with help for their carers. Also help, advice and support for the carers of those with
borderline personality disorder.
www.first-steps.org 0845 120 2916 

GAMBLERS ANONYMOUS
Details: A fellowship of men and women who have joined together to do something about their own
gambling problem and to help other compulsive gamblers do the same.
www.gamblersanonymous.org.uk 02073 843040

GAMCARE
Details: GamCare takes a non-judgemental approach on gambling. We do not wish to restrict the choices
or opportunities for anyone to operate or engage in gambling opportunities that are available legally and
operated responsibly. GamCare, a registered charity, has become the leading authority on the provision of
information, advice and practical help in addressing the social impact of gambling.
www.gamcare.org.uk 0845 6000 133 

INTERNATIONAL STRESS MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION UK
Details: The International Stress Management Association UK is a registered charity with a multidisciplinary professional membership. It exists to promote sound knowledge and best practice in the
prevention and reduction of human stress.
www.isma.org.uk 07000 780430

PANIC/ANXIETY DISORDER
Details: Provides comprehensive information regarding anxiety attacks and panic attacks.
www.anxietypanic.com (US) 888 584 7112 

RAPE CRISIS FEDERATION - ENGLAND AND WALES
Details: The Rape Crisis Federation was launched in October 1996 and exists to provide a range of
facilities and resources to enable the continuance and development of Rape Crisis Groups throughout
Wales and England. 01223 245888
www.rapecrisis.org.uk/

SANE
Details: SANELINE was established in 1992 as the first national out-of-hours telephone helpline offering
practical information, crisis care and emotional support to anybody affected by mental health problems. The service is open from 12 noon until 2am and receives tens of thousands of calls every year from service
users, family members, carers and health professionals. www.sane.org.uk 0845 7678000 

SOCIAL ANXIETY UK
Details: Three main aims of this site are to provide a starting point for people just finding out
about SA and related issues, to enable them to access further information through this site and
through external links; to act as a central hub for the community of those with social anxiety
problems in the UK; and to attempt to raise the profile of SA problems and campaign for change.
www.social-anxiety.org.uk

TRIUMPH OVER PHOBIA
Details: Triumph Over Phobia (TOP U.K.) runs a national network of self-help groups to help people with
phobia or obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) to overcome their problems using graded self-exposure.
This means learning how to face up to your fears in a very gradual and structured way so that eventually the anxiety should decrease.
www.triumphoverphobia.com 0845 600 9601