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Get a prescription for a page turner to boost your mental health
Monday 10th June, 2013

BOOKS to boost mental health are being championed at Wigan Library as part of a new scheme being launched next week.

The library has joined the Reading Agency’s national Reading Well initiative, which promotes the use of self-help books, novels and poetry as uplifting tools.

As part of this, the Books on Prescription campaign will see the library stocking a series of self-help books for adults that have been recommended by GPs and other health professionals in a bid to tackle common mental health conditions including anxiety, depression, phobias and some eating disorders.

In addition to this, a list of mood-busting books not prescribed by medical practitioners but which are a series of uplifting novels, non-fiction and poetry selected by readers will also be available.

Rita Devlin, Outreach and Programming Officer at leisure provider WLCT, said: “This is an excellent initiative. The books recommended by health experts have been tried and tested and found to be useful by others, so we should see some really positive outcomes from running this campaign in Wigan.”

Wigan Council's Cabinet Member for Culture and Leisure, Cllr Chris Ready, said: “I am a great supporter of this initiative and am delighted to see it come to Wigan. Books can open the mind and shape the way we see the world, so can be used as a valuable tool to make a real difference to people with mental health issues.”

If you’d like to find out more about the national campaign, visit

For details of more events at Wigan libraries, visit www.wlct.org

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