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Book on prescription

On International Day of the Book 2023, Next Practice Deakin committed to maintaining a portal of books to support well-being and health for our patients, as we truly believe that one aspect of person-centred care is about care that is enabling.

Books on prescription was an initiative that initially commenced in the UK where GPs were able to provide a 'prescription' for patients to borrow a book from the library to support self-care and health literacy.

Research has shown books are a cost-effective way of delivering information and a springboard to getting further professional help. (Guided and Unguided Self-Help for Social Anxiety Disorder: Randomised Control Trial’, Furmark, T. et al, The British Journal of Psychiatry, Vol 195, pp. 440-447 (2009))

Unfortunately, there are no formal schemes that exist in the ACT that we are aware of. However, we believe this is important and so we have started to compile a list of books, curated from other resources such as and that we have found, for your consideration.

Please note these books are recommended as suggestions. We encourage you to always discuss your care plan with your GP. Books marked (*) are suitable for younger readers.


  • All Birds Have Anxiety by Kathy Hoopmann (*)
  • Compassionate-Mind Guide to Building Social Confidence by Lynne Henderson
  • Outsmarting Worry: An Older Kid’s Guide to Managing Anxiety by Dawn Huebner, illustrated by Kara McHale (*)
  • The 10 Best Ever Anxiety Management Techniques by Margaret Wehrenberg
  • When Perfect Isn’t Good Enough: Strategies for Coping with Perfectionism by Martin Antony and Richard Swinson
  • Worry Angels by Sita Brahmachari, Jane Ray (*)

Bereavement and Grief

  • Michael Rosen’s Sad Book by Michael Rosen, illustrated by Quentin Blake (*)
  • Mum’s Jumper by Jayde Perkin (*)
  • Clownfish by Alan Durant (*)

Chronic Fatigue

  • Fighting Fatigue: A Practical Guide to Managing the Symptoms of CFS/ME by Sue Pemberton & Catherine Berry Hammersmith
  • Overcoming Chronic Fatigue by Mary Burgess & Trudie Chalder


  • Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias: Answers at Your Fingertips by Alex Bailey
  • Understanding Alzheimer’s Disease & Other Dementias by Nori Graham and James Warner
  • ABC of Dementia by Bernard Coope and Felicity Richards
  • About Dementia: For People with Learning Disabilities by Karen Dodd, Vicky Turk and Michelle Christmas
  • Chocolate Rain: 100 Ideas for a Creative Approach to Activities in Dementia Care by Sarah Zoutewelle-Morris
  • Dancing with Dementia: My Story of Living Positively with Dementia by Christine Bryden
  • Grandma by Jessica Shepherd
  • When Someone You Love Has Dementia by Susan Elliot-Wright


  • Overcoming Depression: A Self-Help Guide to Using Cognitive Behavioural Techniques by Paul Gilbert
  • Overcoming Depression and Low Mood: A Five Areas Approach by Chris Williams
  • Ending the Depression Cycle: A Step-by- Step Guide for Preventing Relapse by Peter Bieling, and Martin Anthony
  • Mind Over Mood: Change How You Feel by Changing the Way You Think by Dennis Greenberger, and Christine Padesky
  • Control Your Depression by Peter Lewinsohn

Eating disorders

  • The Appetite Awareness Workbook by Linda Craighead
  • Skills-based Learning for Caring for a Loved One with an Eating Disorder by Janet Treasure, Grainne Smith, and Anna Crane
  • The Invisible Man: A Self-Help Guide for Men with Eating Disorders, Compulsive Exercise and Bigorexia by John Morgan

Generalised Panic Disorder and Agraphobia

  • Me and My Fear by Francesca Sanna (*)
  • Overcoming Panic and Agoraphobia by Derrick Silove, and Vijaya Manicasvagar
  • The Panic Book by Neil Phillips
  • Don’t Panic by Reid Wilson

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

  • Digging Out: Helping Your Loved One Manage Clutter, Hoarding and Compulsive Acquiring by Michael Tomkins Tamara Hartl
  • Manage Your Pain by Michael Nicholas, Allan Molloy, Lee Beeston & Lois Tonkin
    Overcoming Chronic Pain by Frances Cole, Helen Macdonald, Catherine Carus & Hazel Howden-Leach
  • Pain is Really Strange by Steve Haines & Sophie Standing

Sleeping Problems

  • Quiet Your Mind and Get to Sleep: Solutions to Insomnia for Those with Depression, Anxiety or Chronic Pain by Colleen Carney and Rachel Manber


  • The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook by Martha Davis, Elizabeth Eshelman and Matthew McKay
  • Change Your Thinking by Sarah Edelman