People consulting their local GP over mental health issues may find they are written a surprising prescription, one redeemed at the local library rather than a pharmacy.
The “big guns” of the library and medical worlds have joined for an
initiative to help treat those with mild to moderate mental health
Patients could be recommended anything from one of 30
medical volumes dealing with specific conditions to “mood boosting
books” – novels and poetry – from writers including Jo Brand, Bill
Bryson and Terry Jones.
The Society of Chief Librarians (SCL) and
The Reading Agency today announced the scheme dubbed “Books on
Prescription” which starts in May.
“There’s growing evidence that shows
that self-help reading can help people with certain mental health issues
get better,” Miranda McKearney, director of The Reading Agency, said.
forms part of a wider vision for the future of public libraries in the
21st century, including offering internet access and training, and
potentially e-lending services.
Source - Independent