Libraries for Health and Well-being

Culture Perth and Kinross works in partnership with NHS Tayside and other local organisations to provide a range of self-help books covering topics such as anxiety, living with chronic pain, depression, anger, stress and more. If you need some help finding the right book for you, just ask a member of library staff for assistance.

Healthy Minds Book Prescription

NHS professionals and local library services are working together to make it easier to access self-help books for a range of common psychological problems. This scheme is called Books on Prescription. It encourages people to use books as an alternative to, or alongside, medication and therapy services. The books are free to borrow and you don’t need to be a member to access them. These are recommended by NHS professionals and are available from your local library.

Healthy Minds Book Prescription Information

View Healthy Minds Adult book list

View Healthy Minds Children and Young People’s book list

Pain Management Resources and Information

Chronic pain is one of the most common long term conditions affecting the population. Thanks to support from Tayside Health Fund the charity for NHS Tayside, education and support is now available in libraries across Tayside, including mobile libraries.

View Pain Management Resources and Information list

Dementia Resources and Information

Resources to support people diagnosed with dementia, their families, friends and carers, and people concerned about symptoms and wanting to find out more about the condition.

View Dementia Resources and Information list

Reminiscence Groups

Why not visit your local library for a bit of a blether about the old days. Library Groups meet once per month to explore story, poetry, song and other library resources whilst allowing the opportunity to meet new people, socialise and reminisce in a friendly, informal session. Groups run in Auchterarder, Breadalbane, Loch Leven and the AK Bell Libraries. If you are interested in attending or would like to find out more please contact staff at your local library for further information.

Auchterarder Library 01764 661435, Breadalbane Library, Aberfeldy 01887 822405, Loch Leven Library, Kinross 01577 867205, AK Bell Library, Perth 01738 477011

Reading Well for Young People

These titles provide 13 to 18 year-olds with support and advice on common mental health conditions, such as depression, anxiety and stress. The books, which include self-help, psycho-education, memoirs, graphic novels and fiction, have all been chosen by young people and health professionals. Reading Well for young people is delivered by the Reading Agency in partnership with the Society of Chief Librarians and the Association of Senior Children’s and Education Librarians.

View Reading Well for Young People list


Culture Perth and Kinross have a separate LGBT book collection at AK Bell Library in Perth. You can find them in the library by looking out for the rainbow sticker which is on display next to the collections, and on the spine of each book.

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Books that Make you Feel Good

During Mental Health Awareness Week 2017 Perth and Kinross Council teamed up with AK Bell Library to host a series of events throughout the week to encourage people to talk about the books they find help them to survive and thrive with good mental health and wellbeing. The following list contains some of the fiction titles that were suggested during these events, along with some recommendations from readers taken from the Reading Agency Reading Well Mood-Boosting Lists.

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Beating the Blues

Our libraries offer computing facilities and you can access an online cognitive behavioural therapy programme called Beating the Blues. Aimed at helping you deal with depression and anxiety, the programme can be an effective and proven treatment for many. We have a dedicated, confidential PC at AK Bell library which is available to anyone following the programme. To find out more about how to access Beating the Blues, speak to your GP or find out more at the Beating the Blues website.

Beating the Blues

Health and Social Care Information and Resources

This section highlights key resources, services and support for many of the common long term conditions in Scotland. Produced in collaboration by The ALLIANCE, NHS Education for Scotland, NHS Knowledge Services, Iriss, APLS, Scottish Government Digital Health and Care Team.

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Benefits Advice in Libraries

Perth Citizen’s Advice Bureau, provides a free, confidential, independent and impartial benefits advice service in your local library. This is a one to one service with someone who can offer advice and help with a range of issues including challenging benefit sanctions, including mandatory reconsiderations, problems with claimant commitments for Jobseekers Allowance, benefit entitlement checks, advice on welfare reforms changes as well as assistance with forms and applications.

To arrange an appointment please telephone Perth Citizens Advice Bureau on 01738 450599 for further information. Service available in the following libraries, AK Bell, Scone, North Inch, Loch Leven, Strathearn, Breadalbane, Blairgowrie and Auchterarder.

Benefits Advice in Libraries (BAIL)

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