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Health and wellbeing resources

We offer a wide range of books on health issues. There are booklists on a number of topics including cancer, diabetes, arthritis, looking after your heart and stopping smoking.

You can also search the library catalogue or speak to your local library for more information.

We also have links to trusted websites that have been recommended by health professionals.

Reading Well for mental health

This is a recently updated (June 2018) list of self-help books for adults recommended by health professionals.

They cover issues such as anxiety, depression, phobias, panic attacks, stress, bulimia and sleep problems.

View the booklist for mental health

Reading Well for people with long-term conditions

This scheme provides support and advice for living with or caring for someone with long-term conditions and their symptoms. Chosen by medical practitioners the list includes topics such as arthritis, heart disease, stroke and breathing difficulties.

View the booklist for long-term conditions

Reading Well for young people

This scheme is aimed at young people aged 13 to 18.

Chosen by teenagers and health expert,s the list contains a mixture of fiction and non-fiction titles and covers topics such as stress, anxiety, self-esteem, depression and body image. 

View the book list for young people

Reading Well for people with Dementia and their carers

This scheme provides support and advice for people with dementia and their carers.

Chosen by dementia healthcare experts, carer groups and people with Dementia, the booklist contains information and advice, personal stories and support for relatives and carers.

View the book list for people with Dementia and their carers

Trusted Health websites

  • NHS Choices - this site is committed to providing trustworthy information and guidance on all aspects of health and healthcare. Content is evidence-based and includes the best scientific knowledge available. The Behind the Headlines section presents the truth behind newspaper stories.
  • Health Talk – find information and support for a range of health issues from seeing and hearing people’s real life experiences. Thousands of people have shared their experiences on film to help you understand what it’s really like to have a health condition such as breast cancer or arthritis.
  • NHS Evidence – developed by NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) this website is aimed at NHS staff but it’s available to all and information can be narrowed to 'information for the public'.
  • Patient – an independent UK source of trusted health information. The editorial panel are all doctors. Search for information, browse the A-Z or use the symptom checker. It also contains discussion forums and a Medicines A-Z.
  • Living Well Essex - this site has a wealth of information to help you stay happy and healthy.

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