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Read Yourself Well

Special collections

Photo of two people smilingOne in four people will experience some kind of mental health problem in the course of a year. Almost everyone experiences distress, emotional or psychological difficulties at some point in their life.

Self-help books can prove useful when learning to cope or adjust. Working in partnership with NHS Medway and the Reading Agency, Medway Libraries have compiled a collection of self-help books on a range of subjects.


 If you’ve read any of the titles on our Reading Well Books on Prescription for young people, dementia or mental health lists, we’d love to hear your views. We’d be grateful if you could take a few minutes to fill in a survey for the book you read – your answers will be kept confidential.

All responses will be entered into a twice yearly prize draw for a £50 high-street shopping voucher.

You can provide feedback using the freepost feedback cards at our libraries or using the online surveys.


BooksThere are five booklists to choose from: Adults, Children and families, Shelf help for teenagers and young adults, people living with or caring for someone with Dementia. Some titles are available to read as eBooks.

A fifth collection for people with long term health conditions such as diabetes, stroke, heart disease or breathing difficulties will be launched on Monday, 3 July. Details about the collection are available from the Reading Agency.

All of the books in these collections are available to borrow, they can be reserved and collected from any Medway library. You can search for the books using the online library catalogue or eBook catalogue.

Further information and support

Two Female FriendsOrganisations operate in Medway to offer advice, support and advocacy. An excellent place to start is live it well.

Carers can find out more from Medway Council or Carers First 

Information about LGBTIQ mental health issues is available on Medway Libraries' LGBTQ page.

Other useful websites

  • The Samaritans provides confidential emotional support 24/7 to those experiencing despair, distress or suicidal feelings.
  • Library links has a section devoted to mental health.
  • Mental health services is our guide to services available in Medway