Reading Well in Barnet Libraries

Caroline Walker of Barnet Libraries introduces their Reading Well collections.
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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.

Reading Well for children

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 for young people's mental health

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.

Reading Well for mental health

Support for common mental health conditions, including:

  • anxiety and depression
  • dealing with difficult feelings and experiences such as anger or bereavement.

Reading Well for Dementia

Advice about Dementia for all those affected by the condition including:

  • living well after diagnosis
  • advice for carers
  • ideas for shared therapeutic activities.

Reading Well for long term conditions

This collection focuses on living well with a range of common long-term health conditions, including:

  • diabetes
  • arthritis
  • breathing difficulties
  • heart disease
  • angina
  • irritable bowel syndrome
  • sleeping difficulties
  • pain management.

Mood-boosting Books

Mood-boosting Books is a collection of feel-good novels, poetry and non-fiction. All the books are recommended by readers and reading groups.

You can borrow the books by visiting any Barnet library, by requesting titles through the Select and Collect service or download them from their eBook or eAudiobook apps.

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