Books on Prescription
A new national Reading Well Books on Prescription scheme will be launched in May 2013.
What is Books on Prescription?
In partnership with Hampshire Library Service, GPs and other health professionals prescribe books from a list of high quality self-help manuals selected by experienced mental health practitioners.
The Books on Prescription Scheme is a very effective way of helping people with common mental health problems, such as anxiety, depression, phobias and eating disorders.
There is first class clinical evidence to show that books can be just as effective as other forms of therapy – and with the advantage of having no side effects.
Books can work well either on their own or used in conjunction with other forms of treatment. Your doctor will advise. Of course the more you put into following the guidance given, the better the result is likely to be.
How does it work
- Your doctor will give you a ‘prescription’ which can be exchanged for the recommended book at any Hampshire Library.
- If you’re not already a library member, simply bring your prescription to the library and you can join straight away - it's free!
- If the book is not immediately available, the library will get it for you from another branch as soon as possible – free of charge.
- Books can be borrowed for 4 weeks but if you need the book longer, it’s easy to renew it either at the library, by phone or online. .
- Borrower details and book loans are strictly confidential information. Your prescription will be treated with respect and discretion by library staff.
- You are always welcome to have someone else pick up your book prescription for you, if you prefer.
Click on titles for more information or to request a copy.
Anxiety and Phobia
- Living With Loss - Liz McNeill Taylor
- You’ll Get Over It: the rage of bereavement - Virginia Ironside
- Mental Illness: a handbook for carers - Rosalind Ramsey
When Someone You Love Has Depression - Barbara Baker
- Getting Through Depression With CBT: a young person’s guide - Louise Dalton and Alice Farrington
- Overcoming Depression
- Overcoming Depression: a five areas approach - Chris Williams
- Overcoming Mood Swings - Jan Scott
- Anorexia Nervosa: a survival guide for families, friends and sufferers - Janet Treasure
- Getting Better Bit(e) By Bit(e) - Ulrike Schmidt & Janet Treasure
- Overcoming Anorexia Nervosa - Christopher Freeman and Peter Cooper
- Overcoming Binge Eating - Christopher Fairburn
- Overcoming Weight Problems - Jeremy Gauntlett-Gilbert
General Mental Health
- Getting Through It With CBT: a young person’s guide - Claire Holloway & Nicola Connolly
- Mind Over Mood - Dennis Greenberger and Christine Padesky [Available in Polish]
- 90 Days To A New Life Direction - Laura Berman Fortgang
- Be Your Own Life Coach - Fiona Harrold
- Life Coaching: a cognitive behavioural approach - Michael Neenan & Windy Dryden
Obsessions & Compulsions
- Overcoming Obsessive Compulsive Disorder - David Veale &and Rob Willson
- Understanding Obsessions and Compulsions - Frank Tallis
Self Esteem / Assertiveness
- 10 Days To Great Self-Esteem -David Burns
- The Feeling Good Handbook - David Burns
- Overcoming Low Self-Esteem - Melanie Fennell
- Self-Esteem - Gael Lindenfield
- Self-Esteem For Women - Lynda Field
- A woman In Your Own Right - Anne Dickson
- Breaking Free - Carolyn Toon & Kay Toon
- The Courage To Heal: a guide for women survivors of child sexual abuse - Ellen Bass & Laura Davies
- Overcoming Childhood Trauma - Helen Kennerley
Sleep & Fatigue
- Getting A Good Night’s Sleep - Fiona Johnston
- Learn To Sleep Well - Chris Idzikowski
- Overcoming Chronic Fatigue - Mary Burgess
- Assertiveness Step By Step - Windy Dryden & Daniel Constantinou
- How To Stop Worrying - Frank Tallis
- Learn To Find Inner Peace Mike George
- Managing Stress: teach yourself - Terry Looker & Olga Gregson
- Overcoming Panic - Derek Silove
- Panic Attacks - Christine Ingham
- The Relaxation & Stress Reduction Workbook - Martha Davis et al