Reading Well Books

The scheme is delivered by The Reading Agency working in partnership with Libraries Connected, with funding from the Welsh Government, Arts Council England and Wellcome Trust. The high quality self-help books have been specially selected by psychologists and counsellors working in the UK. Collections are endorsed by leading health partners and promoted by public libraries.  

Titles can be borrowed from all Torfaen libraries.

Reading Well Books for mental health

This collection provides helpful information and support for managing mild to moderate mental health conditions, or dealing with difficult feelings and experiences. Topics include anger management, anxiety, assertiveness and low self-esteem, bereavement, depression, eating disorders, and stress. Some books also include personal stories from people who are living with or caring for someone with mental health needs.

Reading Well for Dementia

These books can be of support to anyone affected by dementia including relatives and carers. Titles include information and advice, as well as fiction, memoir and photographic books used in reminiscence therapy.  The collection supports the Dementia Action Plan for Wales. 

Reading Well for Children

This collection provides helpful reading to support children’s mental health and wellbeing.

The book list is targeted at children aged 7-11, but includes titles aimed at a wide range of reading levels to support less confident readers, and to encourage children to read together with their siblings and carers.

Reading Well for Teens

Reading Well for teens suggests recommended reading and digital resources to help you understand your feelings and boost your confidence. Teens and health and wellbeing experts have chosen the books to help you manage your emotions and cope with difficult times.

The booklist is targeted at teenagers (13–18) and includes a range of reading levels and formats to support less confident readers and encourage engagement.

Last Modified: 08/11/2022
For more information contact:

Torfaen Libraries

Tel: 01633 647676


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