Health and wellbeing in libraries

Health and wellbeing is about keeping fit, healthy and physically and mentally happy. The Health Spot aims to give you the information, knowledge and motivation to make a difference to your health and wellbeing and quality of life. 

The Health Spot at Hackney Central Library and Dalston CLR James

The Health Spots at Hackney Central Library and Dalston CLR James Library provide high quality books and information to promote health and wellbeing. There are also events and activities at Shoreditch Library and Stamford Hill Library. See what’s on.

Health resources at libraries

Our libraries stock a variety of titles that can help you enjoy a healthier life, with books about nutrition and how to cook healthily, as well as fitness DVDs and books about maintaining a healthy weight. They also hold information about specific health conditions, such as mental health, cancer and diabetes.

Reading Well books on prescription

One in four of us will experience emotional or psychological problems at some time in our lives. Research shows that good quality self-help books can be very effective in helping people cope.
If you have experienced problems such as anxiety, depression, stress, anger or bereavement books on prescription may be able to help.

How does it work?

Reading Well books on prescription help you to understand and manage your health and wellbeing using self-help reading. The books are all endorsed by health experts, as well as people with living with the conditions covered and their relatives and carers. You can be recommended a title by a health professional, or you can visit your local library and take a book out yourself.
See the looks of books available from Hackney Central Library and Dalson CLR James Library or reserve the books from any library.
For a more extensive range of books you can obtain a prescription for a relevant title from your GP or Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner. You can then take your prescription along to any library in the borough and borrow the book for as long as it has been prescribed.
If you’re not a library member, you can join when you bring in your prescription – it’s quick and easy. If the book you need isn’t in stock, you can collect it from another library or have it delivered to your local library for free. Library staff will treat your prescription as confidential.

What sorts of books are prescribed?

A range of self-help titles are available, covering a range of issues. They’re all written in a straightforward style and are recommended by leading psychologists and counsellors.
To find out more about how to contact a GP see NHS City and Hackney or if you want to refer yourself to see a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner see NHS Talk Changes or call 0207 683 4278 to make an appointment.
Page updated on: 15 January 2020

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