Cheshire East libraries health and wellbeing offer
We provide a range of health and wellbeing services and activities. You can find health information and links to useful resources on our health & wellbeing page. You can also find out more in our health & wellbeing leaflet (PDF, 558KB). We subscribe to the national Mood Boosting Books and the Reading Well schemes for adult mental health, dementia, long term conditions, children and young people.
Reading Well for mental health
Reading Well for mental health provides self-help reading for adults to help them to understand and manage their mental health. The collection includes titles by bestselling authors such as Matt Haig, Sathnam Sanghera, and Ruby Wax. The list has been curated with, and endorsed by, mental health experts and includes books to support people undergoing talking therapies, as well as guided and unguided self-help and cognitive behavioural therapy titles.
There are 37 core titles, which can be borrowed from the library free of charge. The books are available either by referral from a GP or other health professional, or just by visiting your local library.
Reading Well for dementia
The Reading Well books on prescription for dementia scheme 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 25 titles on the list provide information and advice, support for living well with dementia, advice for relatives and carers, and personal stories. They are endorsed by health professionals and available from the library.
We are a member of the Cheshire East Dementia Action Alliance. Read our action plan or our dementia pledge (PDF, 19KB) to find out more.
Reading Well for young people
A panel of young people have come up with a list of 35 titles that help them to understand and manage their wellbeing and emotional resilience, which have been endorsed by mental health experts. The books are aimed at 13-18 year olds, and contain high-quality information, support and advice on a wide range of mental health issues, such as anxiety, depression, eating disorders and self-harm. They also provide help with difficult life pressures, such as bullying and exams. Find shelf help at your library!
Reading Well for long term conditions
The 28 titles in this collection provide general advice and information for people with long term conditions and their carers. The Reading Well for long term conditions books cover specific conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, IBS, asthma and stroke, as well as symptom based titles covering fatigue, pain management and sleep difficulties. In addition to non-fiction, there are fiction titles and personal stories of living with a long term condition in the collection.
Reading Well for children
The Reading Well for Children booklist contains 33 books covering topics relevant to the children of today, including grief, anxiety, bullying and staying safe online. In recognition of the potential impact of living with diagnosed conditions and physical disabilities, the booklist explores living well with conditions such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), dyslexia, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and physical disabilities. The books have been selected to encourage conversation about feelings between children and their parents or carers and to offer support outside of a clinical setting or whilst waiting for treatment.The titles are completely free to access from public libraries.
Mood boosting books
Reading well mood boosting books is a national promotion of uplifting titles, including novels, poetry and non-fiction. The books have been recommended by readers and reading groups. There are lists for adults and lists chosen by older people and by young people.
The reading agency has also worked with Macmillan cancer support to create the Macmillan mood boosting list - 20 titles recommended by people who have been diagnosed with cancer. Macmillan also put together a cancer support list of core titles with information about cancer and people's experiences of living with cancer. For books about cancer you can also download the Macmillan cancer support list for libraries.