Southern Primary Health Organisation health promotion and
projects co-ordinator Katie Jahnke celebrates the launch of
Books on Prescription at Mosgiel Library. Photo by Linda
A range of specifically selected and recommended
self-help books are now available on prescription to help
people dealing with issues such as stress, anxiety and
Books on Prescription was launched at Mosgiel Library this
month by the Southern Primary Health Organisation (PHO) in
conjunction with Dunedin Libraries.
SPHO health promotions and projects co-ordinator Katie Jahnke
(pictured) said health professionals and social services
would be able to prescribe books which had been reviewed and
recommended as beneficial to people's wellbeing in dealing
with issues such as anxiety, stress and depression.
People would then be able to take the prescription to a
Dunedin Library or the University of Otago Medical School
library and get the recommended book on loan.
''These are good evidence-based methods of improving mental
wellbeing,'' she said.
The books were to be used in conjunction with counselling and
drugs or to help friends of those with mental illnesses
understand their condition.
The scheme, which began in the United Kingdom, was brought to
Otago and Southland in 2011. It was operating in Central
Otago, Queenstown Lakes District, the Clutha and Waitaki.
Mosgiel Library manager Linda Roxburgh said every effort
would be made to help people who came in with prescriptions
in a discreet way.
The books would be spread throughout the library's collection
so readers could pick up titles on similar subjects, she