Self-help books for young people and families – Books on Prescription

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The ongoing national lockdown means that all of the county’s library buildings will be closed for general use from Thursday 5 November.

However, from Monday 9 November, customers will be able to order books and pick them up from the front entrance of their local library.

Those needing to use library computers to access essential services such as universal credit and Internet banking, will be able to do so from Monday by pre booking a session on 0345 60 80 196 or via our online form.

For more information please visit the Lockdown Response page or contact us directly.

Libraries have self-help books for young people and families who are finding it difficult to cope or need advice on a specific emotional or mental health problem.

Topics include behaviour, bullying, divorce, sibling rivalry and more.

View and reserve self-help books

Reserving self-help books

You can browse and reserve self-help books online or at your local library.You can also download our printable booklist.

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 your own copy of the material and use this 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.

Books for adults

We also have self-help books for adults and self-help books for people with dementia.

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.