Did you know that Barnet Libraries offer Reading Well collections? These are sets of books that give practical information to help you develop strategies to improve your overall health and wellbeing. All the books are recommended by health professionals. Self-help books can be very effective when read on their own or when used with prescribed medication, counselling or therapy.
There are 5 Reading Well schemes in Barnet.
A booklist to support children's mental health and wellbeing. Targeted at children in Key Stage 2 but with a range of reading levels. The books give advice about:
- maintaining good mental health and wellbeing
- managing feelings and worries
- navigating the world, including school and online
- dealing with bereavement and trauma
- support for living well with conditions including Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).
Shelf Help is aimed at young people and those supporting their mental health. Chosen by young people and health experts to help with difficult feelings and experiences. The list includes fiction, memoirs and graphic novels.
Support for common mental health conditions, including:
- anxiety and depression
- dealing with difficult feelings and experiences such as anger or bereavement.
Advice about Dementia for all those affected by the condition including:
- living well after diagnosis
- advice for carers
- ideas for shared therapeutic activities.
This collection focuses on living well with a range of common long-term health conditions, including:
- breathing difficulties
- heart disease
- irritable bowel syndrome
- sleeping difficulties
- pain management.
Mood-boosting Books is a collection of feel-good novels, poetry and non-fiction. All the books are recommended by readers and reading groups.