in Burnham-On-Sea to start prescribing self-help books
and other health professionals in Burnham-On-Sea are to begin
prescribing self-help books to patients as treatment to improve
their mental health.
new scheme, co-ordinated by Somerset Libraries and the county's
Public Health team, enables GPs and others working at the front
line of health care to prescribe self-help books.
is low cost, early intervention at community level that can make
a real difference to peoples lives," county councillor
David Hall told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
also a great example of two different parts of the council, the
library service and Public Health, working together for everyone's
in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge will have a core list of more
than 30 titles covering issues such as anxiety, depression, phobias,
panic attacks, bulimia and sleep problems.
scheme, called 'Reading Well Books on Prescription', is being
launched this week by Somerset Library Service on World Mental
Health Day, 10th October.
Finnis, Somerset County Council's Health Promotion Manager, added:
"Mental health is something that people all too frequently
overlook, but it is just as important as physical health."
"Self-help reading can help people with common mental health
conditions, such as anxiety and depression. The scheme we are
launching can act as a springboard to help people feel better.
We are delighted to be launching Reading Well on World Mental
new scheme aims to help people manage common conditions. For a
full list of the books available, click