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 supports you to understand and manage your health and wellbeing using helpful reading. The books are all chosen and recommended by health experts, as well as by people with living with the conditions and topics covered, and their relatives and carers. The books are available for anyone to borrow from the local library. You can also be recommended a title by a health professional to support treatment. Many of the Reading Well titles are available to borrow as e-books.
Since 2013, Reading Well Books on Prescription has reached over 1.2 million people and 90% of people surveyed have found their book helpful. There are five booklists currently available in Cheshire East libraries:
Reading Well for mental health provides helpful information and support for managing common mental health conditions, or dealing with difficult feelings and experiences. Some books also include personal stories from people who are living with or caring for someone with mental health needs. Browse the digital leaflet and find out more about the titles on the Reading Well website.
Reading Well for young people (Shelf Help) recommends expert endorsed books about mental health, providing 12-18 year olds with advice and information about issues like anxiety, stress and OCD, and difficult experiences like bullying and exams. Browse the digital leaflet and find out more about the titles on the Reading Agency website.
Reading Well for children provides quality-assured information, stories and advice to support children’s mental health and wellbeing. It covers general information and advice about understanding and managing feelings, school and online pressures, bereavement, parental mental health needs, and living well with specific diagnosed conditions and physical disabilities.
The booklist is targeted at children in Key Stage 2 (aged 7-11), but includes titles aimed at a wide range of reading levels to support less confident readers, and to encourage children to read together with their siblings and carers. Browse the digital leaflet and visit the Reading Agency website to find out more about the children's titles.
Reading Well for long term conditions provides information and support for people living with a long term health condition and their carers. The booklist covers general advice and information about living with a long term condition, common symptoms and titles focused on specific conditions such as arthritis, bowel conditions, diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Browse the digital leaflet and visit the Reading Agency website to find out more about the long term conditions titles.
Reading Well for dementia provides information and advice for people living with dementia, support for living well, advice for relatives and carers, as well as fiction, memoir and photographic books used in reminiscence therapy. Browse the digital leaflet and visit the Reading Agency website to find out more about the dementia titles.
The programme is delivered by The Reading Agency in partnership with Libraries Connected as part of the Libraries Connected Universal Health Offer. It is available in 99% of English public library authorities.
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.