Book on health issues can now be prescribed by GPs

GPs and other health practitioners across East Sussex are now able to prescribe a book about a range of common mental health issues including panic attacks, phobias, depression and anxiety.

‘Books on Prescription’, provided by East Sussex County Council’s Library and Information Service, was originally focused on the Hastings area but has now been extended, with publicity going out to GPs across the whole county.

Not only has the service been extended, it also has a greater range of books and audio titles, and in different languages.

It offers a range of books for families and young people too, recommended by the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Team in East Sussex.

Topics include autism, helping your child deal with worries, coping with step families and bullying.

Commenting on the initiative, Councillor Tony Freebody, Lead Member for Community Services at the County Council said, “These proven self-help books are available for everyone to borrow from their local library.

“Your GP or other advisor will prescribe a book, writing you a prescription form which you bring to the library to exchange for the book.

“The books are free to borrow, and you can keep them for three weeks, and easily renew if you need more time. Joining the library is free and easy to do.

“Alternatively you may like to choose one of the recommended titles yourself.

“You can find the booklists online, by phone and in the library. Books really can help - there is first class clinical evidence to show that books can be just as effective as other forms of therapy – with no side-effects.”

For more information, log on to the website www.eastsussex.gov.uk/selfhelpbooks, ask your GP or call 01273 335383.