Reading Well

Reading Well supports you to understand and manage your health and wellbeing using helpful reading.

The books are all recommended by health experts, as well as people living with the conditions covered and their relatives and carers.

You can be recommended a title by a health professional, or you can visit your local library and take a book out yourself. If the book you need is not available, you can reserve it online to pick up from any library in the borough.


Throughout our site, you will find links to external websites. Although we make every effort to ensure these links are accurate, up to date and relevant, Barking and Dagenham Council cannot take responsibility for pages maintained by external providers. If you come across any external links that don't work, we would be grateful if you could report them to us by emailing at [email protected] 


There are five book lists available:


  1. Reading Well for mental health
  2. Reading Well for young people
  3. Reading Well for children
  4. Reading Well for dementia 
  5. Reading Well for long term conditions


Reading Well was recognised by the Royal Society for Public Health as a finalist for the 2017 Public Mental Health and Wellbeing Award


Reading Well Mood-boosting Books


Reading Well Mood-boosting Books is a national promotion of uplifting titles, including novels, short stories, poetry and non-fiction for all ages.  The books are all recommended by readers and reading groups.