‘Reading Well’ is a scheme that provides book based therapy for common mental health conditions. It is endorsed by health professionals and 2015 is the second consecutive year the library service is supporting it.
Last year, Reading Well books were issued to Island residents over 450 times. New books have been bought by the library for 2015 – the cost of which has been part funded by AgeUK – and are now available from each of the council’s six libraries. All of the books are available to borrow free of charge.
This year there are 25 book titles that are available under the Reading Well scheme, ranging from information and advice on dementia, support after diagnosis and practical advice for carers.
Isle of Wight Council Executive member responsible for economy and tourism Shirley Smart said:
“Reading Well is a very important scheme and the council’s library service is very keen to support it.
“In 2014 the library service saw that the scheme is a very effective way to reach people with quality assured help and information to help them understand more about their condition. The new dementia scheme will help make a difference to those residents who need advice and support.”
Anita Cameron-Smith, Isle of Wight Council public health manager, added:
“Supporting sufferers and carers of people with dementia is really important. This scheme builds on the great work that our libraries and AgeUK do on the Island to support and strengthen people and their families”.
More information on the library service can be found at www.iwight.com/thelibrary.