A new range of books to help young people improve their health and happiness are now available on the Books On Prescription scheme.
The initiative, co-ordinated by Somerset Libraries and Somerset County Council’s Public Health team, enables GPs and others working at the front line of health care to prescribe self-help books. Patients can then borrow the books recommended from their local public library.
This new range aims to help children, parents and their carers with problems that may affect their health and happiness, and includes titles like Starving The Anger Gremlin – A Cognitive Behavioural Therapy workbook on anger management for young people.
Cllr Christine Lawrence, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet member for Health & Wellbeing, said: “The Books On Prescription scheme has proven successful with adults and I’m pleased to see there are now specialist titles for young people too.
“It’s such a simple concept, and one that is really effective in helping people to improve their own health and happiness.”
A list of 24 books have been carefully selected by mental health experts, covering subjects such as:
• eating disorders
• Asperger syndrome
• managing anger
• dealing with stress
• coping with family problems
Many of the books in the scheme are self-help titles. They give advice and information and set the reader things to do to help them feel better.
According to the Office for National Statistics, one in ten children between the ages of one and 15 has a mental health disorder.
The books are available in Somerset’s largest libraries, and will be located with the adult Reading Well Books On Prescription collection. A list of the titles is available in all libraries and books can be reserved free of charge at any library. All titles have been researched by library and health professional staff.
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