Books on Prescription
What is Books on Prescription? – another tool in the stepped-care mental health tool kit
Self-care and supported self-care are important early steps in the treatment of mild to moderate mental health conditions. There is strong evidence that self-help reading can assist people with common mental health conditions.
The CRRMH has partnered with the Books on Prescription scheme, which supports these treatment steps and is now available in public libraries across Central and Far Western NSW. Books included in the scheme are clinically verified, based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and cover a range of mild to moderate mental health conditions, including anxiety and depression.
The scheme encourages the participation of GPs and other health professionals.
How does it work?
The Books on Prescription user guide includes a list of recommended books that can be downloaded at booksonprescription.com.au. Individuals can take their book recommendation to the library, where the book can be borrowed for free and without a referral.
GPs or other mental health professionals such as psychologists or counsellors can also recommend the books.
The user guide advises that individuals contact their GP or another health professional if the book doesn’t seem to be helping. Practitioners are encouraged to reinforce this as part of the consultation process.
Resources, Training and Evaluation
Free resources to support GPs and other health professionals to prescribe are available, as well as free training to support practice staff.
We are keen to understand how the scheme works for users, libraries and for health professionals who prescribe. If you would like to participate in the evaluation of Books on Prescription, please visit https://booksonprescription.com.au/evaluation/
For more information visit the website: www.booksonprescription.com.au