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Books to improve health in Colne
1:00pm Friday 18th October 2013 in News
COLNE has seen the launch of a county-wide scheme giving people access to books to improve their health through their family doctors..
It will cover all Lancashire county council libraries by the end of October including in the borough’s of Burnley, Ribble Valley, Pendle, Hyndburn, Rossendale and Chorley.
Under the 'Reading Well Books on Prescription' programme, 30 self-help books will be available in each library to people referred by their GP or health professionals to treat conditions such as anxiety, depression or a phobia.
Launch events were Colne Library on Friday October 11, at Lancaster Library on Tuesday October 12 with the final one at Chorley Library, on Wednesday (23 October).
County Council culture boss and Padiham and Burnley West representative Marcus Johnstone said: "This is a good example of how modern libraries can bring real benefits to local communities.
"Life can be tough and illnesses such as stress, anxiety and depression are all too common. Techniques shown in these 'Reading Well Books' are proved to help and I'm pleased they will now be much more easily accessible. “
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