The Healthy Reading Programme has been
developed to make it easier to access mental health and well-being
leaflets, books, CDs, DVDs and web-based support.
All Lanarkshire libraries have resources which are aimed at
helping people get the most from life such as living life to the
full, sleeping better and becoming more confident and assertive.
Healthy reading can be helpful for people to overcome and cope with
mental health problems such as anxiety, depression, stress,
dementia and panic. There are also resources for all ages including
people, adults and older people as
well as items on positive parenting.
The programme has been developed
because healthy reading increases the availability of support,
information and self-help which can improve mental health and
well-being for many people.
A range of resources have been published for you to hand to
clients at the point of contact. These can be ordered by e-mailing
Stress and depression are the most common mental health problems,
we have published hard copies of these self-help leaflets for
distribution. Thirteen other topics can been downloaded from
elament's self-help page as required. A double sided
wallet card promoting elament and telephone support and a
concertina card providing 10 tips to staying mentally healthy has
also been produced. A wide range of mental health
and wellbeing related leaflets are also available via the NHS
Lanarkshire Health Promotion Library.
General Information on Healthy Reading
How Can Resources Be Borrowed?
Resources can be borrowed by anyone who has a North or South
Lanarkshire Library Card.
What if I Don't Have a Library Card?
Library cards are free to all who live or work in Lanarkshire. To
join the library all you need to do is take two sources of
identification to your nearest library, one with your name and
address, another your signature.
How do I Borrow the Resources?
There is no charge for any Healthy Reading material and they can be
borrowed no matter your current borrower status. Your GP or other
health or social care worker may suggest a particular item that may
How will I Find the Resource in the Library?
There is a healthy reading section in all libraries. Library staff
will be pleased to help you find the item you are looking for. A
full list of all items are available below.
A briefing paper including the referral pathway can be download here. Healthy Reading Resources and
A full list of resources that can be accessed through the
Healthy Reading Programme and a list of libraries are listed
A list of all the resources (books, DVDs, CDs) in the Healthy Reading Programme, available in Lanarkshire Libraries.
Leaflets covering a range of mental health problems are available free of charge from NHS Lanarkshire’s Health Improvement Library as part of the Healthy Reading Programme. Order your leaflets using this form.
Please complete if you would like to recommend a resource (book / DVD / CD) for inclusion in the Lanarkshire Healthy Reading Programme.