Health and wellbeing is about keeping fit, healthy and physically and mentally happy. The Health Spot aims to give you the information, knowledge and motivation to make a difference to your health and wellbeing and quality of life.
The Health Spot at Hackney Central Library
The Health Spot at Hackney Central Library provides high quality books and information to promote health and wellbeing. There are also events and activities at Shoreditch Library and Stamford Hill Library and an NHS stroke drop-in at Dalston CLR James Library. See what's on.
Health resources at libraries
Our libraries stock a variety of titles that can help you enjoy a healthier life, with books about nutrition and how to cook healthily, as well as fitness DVDs and books about maintaining a healthy weight. They also hold information about specific health conditions, such as mental health, cancer and diabetes.
Books on prescription
One in four of us will experience emotional or psychological problems at some time in our lives. Research shows that good quality self-help books can be very effective in helping people cope.
If you have experienced problems such as anxiety, depression, stress, anger or bereavement books on prescription may be able to help.
How does it work?
You can obtain a prescription for a relevant book from your GP or your self-help facilitator. You can then take your prescription along to any library in the borough and borrow the book for as long as it has been prescribed.
If you're not a library member, you can join when you bring in your prescription - it's very quick and easy. If the book you need isn't in stock, you can collect it from another library or have it delivered to your local library for free. Library staff will treat your prescription as confidential.
What sorts of books are prescribed?
A range of self-help titles are available, covering a range of issues. They're all written in a straightforward style and are recommended by leading psychologists and counsellors.
To find out more about how to contact a GP and see a self-help facilitator see NHS City and Hackney or call 020 7683 4000. You can find out more at your local library.