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Reading in Mind book scheme

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 City Libraries, and MHERC.

How it works

Reading in mind imageThe Reading in Mind scheme provides recommended books and other resources (e-books, DVDs, CDs) about a wide range of mental health issues. These books and resources have been recommended by mental health professionals and service providers, Christchurch-based mental health organisations and the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand.

Health providers and librarians may help you choose books and other resources from the book lists on the website, or you can choose them from the list yourself. You might want to discuss the books or other resources with your health provider or librarian.

You can read more about the Reading in Mind book scheme, including how it works and frequently asked questions, at

Written by Health Promotion Specialist, Pegasus Health, Christchurch. Adapted by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed July 2020.

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