Healthy Reading Midlothian

Healthy Reading Midlothian helps people with mild to moderate mental health problems, and their carers, access to effective, evidence-based, self-help resources.

Service Description

The service provides access to recommended self-help books, audio-books, DVD’s and recommended websites through the public libraries and the Orchard Centre in Bonnyrigg.

The resources cover a variety of topics including:

  • anxiety
  • assertiveness
  • depression
  • post-natal depression
  • eating disorders
  • low self-esteem
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • panic attacks
  • sleep problems
  • stress and worry

They have been chosen because others who have used them have found them helpful. Health care workers also recommend them. The service is confidential and available to everybody free of charge.

GPs and Healthcare professionals can ‘prescribe’ or ‘recommend’ specific self-help titles alongside, or as an alternative to, medication, psychological therapy or referral to other mental health services.  Patients can then borrow the selected resource from their local library or the Orchard Centre in Bonnyrigg.

To download the Healthy Reading information leaflet, please click here.

Service Categories


Intended Client Groups:

  • People Experiencing Mental Health Difficulties

Applicants for this service should also meet this condition:

The service is available to all.


Self Referral

This service accepts direct self referrals.

Agency Referral

GP's and Health Care Workers. Other professionals may also recommend the resources to people they feel might benefit from them.

Contact Info. & Service Address

Library HQ
2 Clerk Street
EH20 9DR

Office Hours


Service Contact

Tel: 0131 271 3980

Facilities & Access

This service has the following facilities:

  • Public Parking
    See website for details
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Information in community languages
  • Creche facilities are not available at this location.


Public Transport Information

See website for details

Lothian Buses Site for routes and timetables.

Provider's Name: Midlothian Library Service

Type: Local Council

Libraries are free for life and available in all towns in Midlothian. A mobile library visits rural areas and a home delivery service is available to those who are unable to visit their local library because of disability.  Library staff will help you to find information, recommend a good book to read and help you use the free computers.  Your local library is a safe place to visit where you can spend as little or as much time as you like without anyone asking you why you are here.  Read a newspaper or magazine, get help in finding a job or completing a CV.

There are lots of services and help available in your local library and online - check it out today.

Services run by this provider

Service Contact

Tel: 0131 271 3980

Office Hours


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