Books on Prescription is a program that helps you manage your wellbeing using self-help reading.  The books provide helpful information and step-by-step self-help techniques for managing common conditions including depression, anxiety, stress and eating disorders.

All of the books in the program have been recommended by health professionals. They have been tried and tested and found to be useful.

Book on Prescription user guide

How does it work?

As part of your treatment your GP, psychologist or another health professional may recommend a self-help book from the Books on Prescription collection at the library. These books are also available for anyone to borrow.

The core recommend reading list provides evidence-based self help in the following areas: 

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Eating disorders
  • Panic disorder
  • Agoraphobia
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder
  • Sleeping problems
  • Stress

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What if the book doesn’t help?

If you find that the book you are reading is not helping, you should contact your GP or another health professional. You can also visit WayAhead and use the WayAhead Directory to locate services near you.

The following organisations also offer help and/or information: