Are you finding yourself feeling irritable at work or having trouble keeping calm? Worried about life, a particular event or not feeling like you’re coping? It could be a sign of stress and as April is Stress Awareness Month, in this blog, we’re going to highlight some resources available through Warwickshire Libraries and online.

Working in collaboration with Health Librarians from the George Eliot Hospital Trust and South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust, earlier in April, we used our monthly #HealthChat on the Warwickshire Libraries Twitter page to highlight these resources.

You can find the full Twitter exchange as a Moment here and below are some of the resources available to you from Warwickshire Libraries. If you’re not yet a member, find out how to join at warwickshire.gov.uk/jointhelibrary.


Reading Well collections (previously called Books on Prescription)

The Reading Well collections were established by The Reading Agency. Health practitioners and those with lived experience have curated collections of titles on various health topics. There are five collections: Reading Well for Mental Health, for Long Term Conditions, for Dementia, for Young People and for Children. You’ll find copies of all in our libraries.

People can be referred to a book by a health professional or self-refer themselves. All books are available to borrow by anyone and there are a variety of different types of reads – from books written by doctors to those sharing their lived experiences.

Some books that are relevant to the topic of stress include Stress Control: A Mind, Body, Life Approach To Boosting Your Wellbeing by Jim White and A Mindfulness Guide For The Frazzled by Ruby Wax.

Find copies on the Warwickshire Libraries catalogue and explore our Health and Wellbeing page for more information.


Books Beyond Words

Books Beyond Words are wordless, illustrated books on a range of topics, including physical and mental health, relationships, bereavement, and work. They enable the reader to make their own interpretation of the images. There is no right or wrong way to read a Books Beyond Words title.

They have recently developed a new short resource to help those fleeing unimaginable circumstances to begin to tell their own stories and talk about their feelings. More about this resource – When The War Came – can be found here. The pictures may also build understanding and empathy amongst children and adults living in countries that are welcoming refugees.

Browse the Warwickshire Libraries Books Beyond Words Collection here.


BorrowBox and our library shelves

If you want books on how to de-stress, there are titles available to read as eBooks or listen to on eAudio on Borrowbox and you’ll find a wealth of options on our library catalogue.

Titles include The Stress Solution by Rangan Chatterjee, Real World Mindfulness for Beginners by Brenda Salgado and Modern Mindfulness by Rohan Gunatillake.

Typing ‘ASMR’ in the search toolbar on Borrowbox will bring up a series of eAudio titles by Emma WhispersRed, including ASMR to Drift Back to Sleep and ASMR to Ease Insomnia.

You’ll also find titles that have tips and advice on dealing with what life throws at us – whether you’re a parent, or facing stress at work. Titles include How To Be A Calm Parent by Sarah Ockwell-Smith, Create Calm: Make Friends With Your Mind by Kate James and This Book Could Help: The Men’s Head Space Manual by Rotimi Akinsete.


eMagazines via the Libby app

Type “Stress” into the search toolbar on the Warwickshire Libraries Libby eMagazines catalogue and you will find eMagazines such as ‘Managing Stress’ and ‘The Total Destress Plan’.

Searching with the word “Mindfulness” will bring up other titles such as ‘Mindfulness Made Simple’ and ‘Planet Mindful’.

Find out more about our eMagazine and eNewspaper collections here.


There are more resources available to help us all cope with stress and everyday life available online. Explore our Twitter Moment for resources suggested by our Health Librarian colleagues or visit warwickshire.gov.uk/mentalhealth for Warwickshire-based information and support.