Bury libraries launch 'Books on Prescription' scheme

A unique library scheme in Bury is aiming to help local residents treat mental health problems.

All libraries in the town are stocking and promoting 30 books that provide advice on treating issues such as depression, phobias, sleep dysfunction and eating disorders.

It is hoped that the scheme will reduce the proportion of people with mental illnesses who do nothing to try and treat it.

Dr Kiran Patel, who is chairman and clinical lead for NHS Bury's clinical commissioning group, has given the initative his seal of approval.

Speaking to burytimes.co.uk, he said: "Books on Prescription are quality assured self-help book designed to complement local health services, supporting patients to understand and manage their condition on a day to day basis. They have a good track record in helping people with a range of common mental health problems.

"For many picking up a self-help book will be their first step to recovery, empowering them to take control of their condition while improving their quality of life."

Of course, the reading list could be of great use to anyone studying for a counselling diploma as well. Most counselling courses cover a wide range of mental illnesses, just like this reading scheme does.

According to mynewsdesk.com, the initiative has been backed by The Reading Agency, The Society of Chief Librarians and the Department of Health amongst other bodies.