During my time at Scottish Development Centre for Mental Health, I worked with NHS Lothian to evaluate their ‘Books on prescription’ scheme (Healthy Reading Midlothian) as part of the Scottish Primary Care Mental Health Research and Development Programme.
Healthy Reading Midlothian aims to improve the mental health and wellbeing of adults with mild to moderate mental health problems by providing access to recommended self-help resources through local libraries. It offers alternatives to the prescribing of medication for people with mild to moderate mental health problems, and aims to promote the use of libraries as a source of information about wellbeing.
In January 2011, an article about the evaluation was published in the SPCMHRDP e-bulletin in an issue entitled ‘Looking back, looking forward’.
You can find the article here.