What is Healthy Reading?

The Westmeath Healthy Reading Scheme is a collection of recommended self-help books for
people experiencing difficulties coping with the stresses of daily life. These books can act as a first step in resolving your difficulties or assist you while working with your health care professional. These materials can also be helpful for family and friends.

It should be noted that reading any of these books is not a substitute for visiting your GP or other health care professional.

Leaflets providing details of books, websites and help-lines are available in your local library.

Remember “Books can help”.

Westmeath County Library acknowledges the support of our partners who have helped with information, advice and financial support for this project.



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Understanding Mental Health

Struggling to cope with daily lfe? Books and websites which may offer support and understanding about Mental Health

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Information and support on dealing with stress

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Self help books and support dealing with anxiety, panic attacks, compulsions and shyness

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Self Esteem

Self-help books dealing with Self esteem issues including assertivness, anger management and loneliness.

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Information for people suffering from depression or bipolar disorder

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Books and contacts for people being bullied at work or at school

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Books, websites and helplines for those coping with suicide

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Information and support for people who have been bereaved

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Books, websites and helplines for anyone seeking information on Schizophrenia

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Information and support for those suffering from or living with addiction.

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Eating Disorders

Finding help and information on eating disorders

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Alzheimer’s & Dementia

Information and support for people trying to cope with living with the effects of Alzheimer's and Dementia

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Abuse – Physical & Sexual

Support for the victims of abuse

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Parenting information and support



Listen to Mental Health Ireland's Supporting Mental Health

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My Mind Matters

Tips for good mental health