Essex residents can learn how to better understand and manage their mental health by reading books endorsed by medical experts and people with mental health needs.
Today Essex Libraries, working in partnership with the Reading Agency and Society of Chief Librarians, has launched a new and revamped version of the acclaimed Reading Well Books on Prescription programme.
Now named Reading Well for Mental Health, the new booklist contains 37 titles, ranging from popular memoirs and self-help books to tried and tested classics that health professionals turn to every day.
Backed by Public Health England, the Royal College of General Practitioners and NHS England, the titles covers a variety of common mental health conditions, such as anger, bereavement, low self-esteem, social anxiety and shyness, sleep problems, stress depression, panic, obsessions and compulsions.
Binge eating, bulimia nervosa, body image and body dysmorphic disorder, mood swings, post-natal depression and support for carers are also covered.
Cllr Susan Barker, Cabinet Member responsible for Libraries, said: “Libraries as a space are often considered great welcoming places, sources of solace for people with mental health conditions. It’s important that not only can people find refuge in libraries but that they can also find the tools to help themselves.
“Reading any book can have a positive impact on mental health, and these books are chosen by health experts, or people coping with the conditions on a day-to-day basis and are endorsed by national health organisations, so they really can help people better understand and confidently self-manage their mental health.”