Mental health and wellbeing

Library resources for improving your mental health and wellbeing.

Wellbeing collection

Glenside Library have curated a wellbeing collection for staff and students. You can read some of the books online, browse the collection at Glenside Library, or request a transfer to collect a book at the campus of your choice.

Topics include:

  • Nutrition, healthy eating and eating disorders
  • Exercise, nature and health
  • Craft activities
  • Drugs and alcohol
  • Depression
  • Grief and bereavement
  • Mental health
  • Mindfulness
  • Self-help and how to for wellbeing
  • Dementia support
  • Fiction for wellbeing
  • Memoirs

View the wellbeing collection reading list.

Books on Prescription

Library Services has books from the Reading Well 'Books on Prescription' scheme. Books on Prescription help you to understand and manage your health and wellbeing using self-help reading. The scheme is endorsed by health professionals and also supported by public libraries.

We have collated these books into our reading list software and have added a few extra resources from our print and digital collection to help you too.

Our Books on Prescription reading list contains resources on the following areas:

  • Anger and irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Fear and Panic Attacks
  • Feel Better
  • Obsessions and Compulsions
  • Self-esteem
  • Sleeping problems
  • Stress

View the Books on prescription - mental health reading list. You can read some of the books online, or request a transfer to collect at the campus of your choice.

Reading for pleasure

Reading for pleasure can positively benefit your mental health and wellbeing. The Reading Agency conducted research into the benefits:

"The research finds that reading for pleasure can result in increased empathy, improved relationships with others, reductions in the symptoms of depression and dementia, and improved wellbeing.

"The relationship between reading for pleasure and wellbeing is particularly interesting, with evidence showing a correlation between reading for pleasure regularly and lower levels of stress and depression. Reading also seems to reduce the risk of dementia, with frequent readers having lower incidence of dementia in later life.

"In addition to the health benefits, reading for pleasure has social benefits and can improve our sense of connectedness to the wider community. Reading increases our understanding of our own identity, improves empathy and gives us an insight into the world view of others." Source: Why is reading for pleasure important?, The Reading Agency.

Use Library Search and get a book transferred to the campus of your choice. Get started with our feel good books and films.

You can browse our collection at the following locations:

Frenchay

Fiction and DVDs can be found on Level 5. Fiction is located in the 800s, and for DVDs you can find films at 791.43, TV at 791.45 and documentaries at 791.435.

Glenside

The ground floor of Glenside Library has a fiction and wellbeing collection located near the water fountain.

Bower Ashton (City Campus)

Our Arts Library at Bower Ashton has DVDs you can borrow and hosts a collection of poetry from Black poets: poetry list  

Alexandra Warehouse (Gloucester Campus)

Alexandra Warehouse Library has a Books on Prescription collection (see above) and a fiction collection located within the Library, and a 'book swap' trolley on Level 3 of the building.

Reading groups

Come along to one of our library reading groups.

Public libraries

Use your UWE Bristol ID card to register with any library in the LibrariesWest region.

You can borrow fiction, and also use an app to access popular digital magazines and e-books, or listen to audio books.

Find out more about joining local public libraries.

Further support

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