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Reading in Mind book scheme

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If you have a mental health issue like anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder or worry, reading books about the issue can help you understand and manage your mental health and wellbeing. The Reading in Mind book scheme provides recommended books about a wide range of mental health issues. It also recommends some DVDs.

You can get the books and DVDs from your local library or from the Mental Health Education and Resource Centre (MHERC). Your family and friends can also use the scheme.

The Reading in Mind book scheme was developed and is promoted by Pegasus PHO and Christchurch health providers, Christchurch Libraries, and MHERC.

How it works

Reading in mind imageHealth providers and librarians may help you choose books or DVDs from the book list. Or you can choose them from the book list yourself.

You might want to discuss the books with your health provider or librarian. You can give feedback on the books to the Reading in Mind book scheme manager or librarian. You can also give feedback about your experience using the scheme.

Books on the Reading In Mind book list have been recommended by:

The book list will be reviewed and updated every year so that new books are included. During the review, the Reading in Mind book scheme manager will consider feedback from readers. They will also consider feedback from health professionals and librarians.

The books and DVDs

Choose a topic to see what books and DVDs are available:

Christchurch City Libraries

Christchurch City Libraries has libraries around Christchurch. It is free to join the library and most of the items you can borrow are free as well. Librarians can help you find what you are looking for. They will also support you to make the most of their resources. For more information, visit or phone (03) 941‑7923.

Mental Health Education and Resource Centre (MHERC)

Their free on-site library includes books, DVDs and CDs. MHERC has resources on anxiety, depression, stress, addictions and relationships. It also has resources on personal development, autism, parenting, children's issues, and much more.

You can visit MHERC at 116 Marshland Road, Christchurch. They can post resources to you (including to rural areas), and include a post-paid bag for returns. You can view their database at For more information, visit, or phone (03) 365‑5344 or 0800‑424‑399.

Compiled by Health Promotion Specialist, Pegasus Health, Christchurch. Adapted by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Updated February 2017.

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