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Sunday, 18th October 2015

UK: Reading Well - Books on Prescription Evaluation 2014-15

Source: Reading Agency (UK)

From Press Release:

Demonstrating the enormous need for self-help for mental health, English public libraries have reported major success with a new scheme of free book 'prescriptions' for common mental health conditions and dementia. A new two year evaluation....shows that loans of mental health self-help books in the ground-breaking Reading Well Books on Prescription scheme have increased by 97%. English libraries also saw a 346% increase in loans of books specifically aimed at people with dementia in 2015. The first national Books on Prescription scheme in England has now reached around 445,000 people, with book-based therapy and helpful reading.

Available for free in 97% of public libraries, Reading Well Books on Prescription has played an important role in helping to meet the public need for support with understanding and managing their mental health and wellbeing. Recent figures indicate that nearly a fifth of adults in the UK experience anxiety or depression alone, and three quarters of this group may not be receiving any treatment.

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Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

A Contributing Editor to DocuTicker, he also write reviews for Pennyblackmusic.

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