Self-help books & Books on Prescription: an update

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I n my last blog, I mentioned the Books on Prescription scheme and how I’d try to find the ‘definitive’ list for books on mental health.

I’ve been in touch with the Royal College of Psychiatrists and an RCPsych spokesperson has told me: “Several good ‘books on prescription’ schemes exist locally, but we’re aiming to roll out a national scheme with a focus on mental health and well being.

“These will include books that psychiatrists have assessed as providing high quality help and advice. We don’t have a launch date yet, but it should be in the Spring, and we’ll be hoping to involve libraries and local health groups.”

Hurrah! In the meantime, I think the Warwickshire list I included on my previous blog is a good starting point. And once the RCPsych list is out, I’ll let you know about it right away.

If, on your travels through the subject of mental health, you come across any books you think may be of interest to readers of this blog – whether you’re a patient, professional or carer – please do let me know.



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  1. tony frais June 22, 2015 at 1:50 pm #

    Take a look at: An Introduction to Coping with Depression for Carers by Tony Frais

    Published by Littlebrown London, Released July 2nd 2015

    An indispensable guide offering insight and support to carers of people with depression

    Looking after a person with depression can often leave carers emotionally and physically exhausted. This short, straightforward and easily understandable guide offers valuable advice on how carers can:

    – better understand the nature of depression and how it affects both patient and carer

    – have a clearer understanding of the treatment options for the patient, including medication and therapy

    – lessen the impact of the illness on the carer’s life

    – find the help and support they need

    – maintain their own well-being whilst supporting the patient through to recovery and beyond

    Although aimed at the carer, this is a guide that is equally valuable to the patient themselves and to their wider family and friends in promoting a better understanding of the experience of depression

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