Poems to lift your mood.
Podcasts you can use at your leisure via any computer
Websites – A variety of sites, from soundscapes to quizes, playlists to pilates
Apps – recommended Apps from the Apple app store or Google Play store.
Health Education England and the Reading Agency have crowd-sourced a list of uplifting, digital resources from NHS staff. The choices below were recommended by your colleagues in the NHS, and are ideal for boosting your mood. You can use at your leisure via any computer or mobile device.
Find them all here
Our Health and Well-Being Collection
The Leisure Library at DRI contains a Health & Well-Being Collection available for staff and patients. It contains books on health conditions, mental health issues, diet, exercise and general well-being for both adults and children and is provided as part of our partnership with Doncaster Libraries. All books are available for loan.
If we do not have the title you need, we will try to obtain it for you, free of charge, from another Doncaster Library.
Below are some book lists which you might find useful for information on specific areas of health and wellbeing. They contain a selection of titles which are available for loan from the Leisure Library at DRI or, if we do not have it, we can request a copy for you from Doncaster Libraries. Ask library staff for further information or browse the book lists below:
Search the Doncaster Libraries catalogue for more health and well-being titles, any of which we can request for you.
The Reading Well – Books on Prescription
This collection of books helps you to understand and manage your health and well-being using self-help reading.
The books are chosen by health experts and people living with the conditions covered. People can be recommended a title by a health professional, or they can visit their local library and take a book out for free. The scheme is available in 98% of English library authorities.
For more information, click here
They cover a number of different topics – click the titles below for more information:
As part of our partnership working with Doncaster Libraries, these titles are available for Trust staff to borrow from the Leisure Library at DRI and the Library and Learning Resource Centre at Bassetlaw Hospital. Ask staff for details.
The Reading Well Mood-boosting Books scheme is a collection of uplifting novels, non-fiction and poetry selected by readers. Reading is known to have many health boosting properties including reducing stress, improving memory and providing relaxation and enjoyment. They include recommendations by people affected by cancer and common mental health conditions.
As part of our partnership working with Doncaster Libraries the books in the collections are available for loan from the Leisure Library at DRI. In addition, some titles are also held in the library at Bassetlaw Hospital.
Click the picture or ask library staff for further details.
The Leisure Library at DRI offers recreational reading in print, audio and digital formats, for all Trust staff, students and patients. Further details are available on our Leisure Library page.
It is well documented that reading has a calming effect and is known to reduce stress levels. Why not come and see what we have available?
As well as fiction, we stock books on exercise, healthy eating and cooking, plus relaxing hobbies such as gardening and crafts.
The Leisure Library is also a good place to just come and relax – or why not try some adult colouring – it’s a great stress-buster!
Some helpful websites for information about health
A collection of different websites that provide high quality information and advice on a range of topics including health and well-being. To browse them, click here
Provides access to selected and authoritative evidence in health, social care and public health, including research on health and well-being topics. (Please ask library staff if you require any further help) click here
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has published evidence-based guidance for all employers on how to improve the health of their staff. Topics covered are: management of long-term sickness absence, mental wellbeing, obesity, smoking cessation and physical activity in the workplace – click here
Further reading and background evidence
If you would like some further reading or background evidence around health and well-being initiatives, you may find the following of interest:
NHS (2009) NHS health and well-being. Final report (Boorman Review) – click here
Picker Institute (2015) Understanding staff wellbeing, its impact on patient experience and healthcare quality – click here
The Work Foundation (2010) The business case for employees health and wellbeing – click here
Public Health England The Workplace Wellbeing Charter – click here
NHS Employers: Case studies and resources – click here
The Library Health Information Service
The Leisure Library at DRI offers a Health Information Service. If you need assistance with obtaining health or patient information on a condition or following diagnosis of an illness, we may be able to help. We will signpost you to online sources of reliable patient information, for both adults and children. Please ask library staff for further information.
Disclaimer: any information provided is not an endorsement of how your condition or illness should be managed. You must always seek help and advice from your local GP or other healthcare professional.
Leisure Library, DRI
Tel: 01302 642890 or Ext. 642890
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