A service providing books and information for people living with mental health issues has been re-launched this month through the city's library service.
The Books on Prescription scheme will see books issued to people with the aim to increase access to psychological therapies. It forms part of the Healthy Minds Network.
The books involved cover topics such as anxiety, depression and panic, and can be borrowed for free at any Stoke-on-Trent library.
The scheme will use self-help books that have been recommended by mental health practitioners and can help people to understand their conditions and learn to manage their problems at their own pace, and in privacy.
The books involved are based on cognitive behavioural therapy techniques and help people to change how they approach their thoughts and the things that they do in order to improve how they feel.
Originally launched in 2008, the scheme has run continuously since. The re-launch will see a number of books added to Stoke-on-Trent libraries’ stock to help increase usage of the scheme.
The library service will be delivering the scheme alongside health partners in the city to provide books and information which help people living with mental health issues.
Councillor Janine Bridges, cabinet member for housing, neighbourhoods and community safety, said: “Our libraries
have a huge number of books available which can help make a difference in a person’s life. By rolling out schemes like
this we are helping to promote independent living in the city; a key aim of our Mandate for Change. It will help individuals
to understand more the advice given my healthcare professionals.”
Libraries also offer books and leaflets on health and wellbeing, free internet access to use online resources, and signposting to self-help and support groups.
For more information about the service visit http://www.stoke.gov.uk/ccm/content/leisure-and-culture/libraries/health-zones/books-on-prescription.en.
For all media enquiries contact Steven Kennedy in the Communications Department at Stoke-on-Trent City Council on 01782 232987.