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 supporting young 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.
The collection is targeted at children (aged 4–11) but includes a wide range of reading levels to support less confident readers, and to encourage children to read together with their families and carers.
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.
Below you can find a list of questions and answers relating to Healthy Reading
Q: How can resources be borrowed?
A: Resources can be borrowed by anyone who has a North or South Lanarkshire Library Card
Q: What if I don't have a Library Card?
A: 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.
Q: How do I borrow the resources?
A: 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 be helpful.
Q: How will I find the resource in the Library?
A: There is a healthy reading section in all libraries. Library staff will be pleased to help you find the item you are looking for.