Self-help books for people with dementia - Books on Prescription

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Libraries are in the Government’s third phase of easing of the lockdown, currently not before 4 July.

We’re working through plans on how we could safely re-open buildings with social distancing in place, what services we could safely offer, and preparing to make the physical changes to the layouts and facilities in the buildings.

Until we have completed this work, we won’t be in a position to provide a programme for re-opening, but we will let people know as soon as we can. Please check the website for the most up to date information on our plans and available services.

Libraries have self-help books for people who have dementia and are finding it difficult to cope or need advice about the condition.

Topics include information about living with dementia, support for relatives and carers, and personal stories.

View and reserve self-help books

Reserving self-help books

You can browse and reserve self-help books at your local library or online.

If you’ve been given a ‘Books on Prescription’ recommendation leaflet by your GP, counsellor or mental health adviser, you can reserve these books free of charge.

There are two ways to do this:

  1. Hand the recommendation leaflet to staff when you reserve a book in the library.
  2. If you reserve a book online, a reservation charge will be placed on your account. Just hand the recommendation leaflet to library staff on your next visit to a library, and they will take the charge off your account.

Read more in our leaflet Books on Prescription: guide for patients and families.

Using self-help books

Try to set aside some time each day to work with your book. Having someone to work through it with you can help.

If the book includes exercises or questionnaires, please make a copy for your work. You can make photocopies at the library for a small charge.

These books might not be able to completely resolve your problems, so if feel you need more help contact your GP or mental health worker.

Other self-help books

We also have self-help books on other topics like panic attacks, depression, bullying and more:

Health workers

GPs and mental health workers should contact us if you need more Books on Prescription publicity materials or the recommendation leaflets with prescription slips.