Reading for mental well being

In the UK alone there are estimated to be about 6 million people with some kind of mental health problem. Some are receiving treatment, however,  it seems that the majority are not. If mental health problems have touched your life in some way then fear not as help is at hand. In England during the month of June a books on prescription scheme - delivered by the reading agency and funded by the Arts Council - is being run that will enable access to self help and other books that can help  manage common conditions such as depression, anxiety, phobias and eating disorders. These books will be available at a library in your area. (Click here for further information about the book list and the scheme.) 
Clinical evidence shows that books can be just as effective as other forms of therapy. The books are recommended by experts, have been tried and tested and found to be useful. Books can be effective on their own. However, research shows that self help approaches work best when there is support from a health professional. You may want to ask at your local GP's surgery for details.
The titles available are a surprising mix of  fiction, poetry, non fiction and self help books, designed for all ages. Reading knows no boundaries. it stimulates the imagination, helps to improve memory and can induce a sense of well being and comfort.
I urge you to give it a go! Click here now to start your journey 

If you live outside the UK I'd be interested to know about library facilities in your area.

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