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Reading or listening to books is not only a great pleasure but can be beneficial to  health and wellbeing.
Louise Doughty

Derbyshire Libraries Wellbeing Offer encourages people with mental health issues to visit libraries and read or talk about their reading with others.

For those who are feeling isolated, depressed, anxious, or simply have fallen out of the reading habit, joining a book group, being read to or taking part in a creative writing workshop can be a good way to socialise, relax, build up confidence and make new friends. 

We can offer:

  • Help, advice and support for individuals, health partners or volunteers in setting up a book group.
  • Sets of books to borrow free and suggestions for what to read.
  • Library space for meetings.
  • Ideas for reading activities to suit different audiences.
  • Poetry sessions/book talks on a one-off basis.
  • Talks to groups on book-related themes.
  • Advice on setting up writing groups.
  • News about informal book-related events in libraries.
  • We are keen readers, rather than health professionals, who believe reading for pleasure can have therapeutic benefits for everyone.
  • We recognise that this is one way to support people with mental health issues, but it does not replace treatment available from GP's or mental health services.

You can also visit our library health and wellbeing zones where we provide books and information about health, mental health and other issues that affect our lives.

Mood boosting books are specially selected books to lift your spirits - available to borrow free from all our libraries.

To find out more about joining a creative writing group or setting one up, or to sign up for the Writers' eNewsletter, email: Ask library. Go to the Literature Development pages for more information.

Derbyshire Arts, Health and Wellbeing development  gives more information on arts health and wellbeing projects in Derbyshire.

For more information on reading and writing for wellbeing, please contact the Library Information Service by email: or Tel: 01629 533444.