Reading in Mind Book Scheme for Mental Health and Wellbeing

Reading in Mind Book Scheme for mental health and wellbeing supports people across Canterbury to better manage their mental health through promoting the reading of recommended books on a range of mental health and wellbeing topics. Reading in Mind is for people of all ages and backgrounds, and those looking to support family/whānau or friends who may be experiencing poor mental health.


Reading in Mind began in 2016 as a collaboration between Pegasus Health, Christchurch City Libraries (CCLs) and Canterbury’s Mental Health Education Resource Centre (MHERC), with its approach informed by similar international and New Zealand  progammes. Recommended books on mental health topics such as anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and worry, were provided on an initial website was hosted by Canterbury’s HealthInfo site.


In August 2018, Reading in Mind was ‘re-launched’ with a new and expanded website, and a wider range of recommended books, including selections for children and young people, ‘mood-lifting’ books and books on relationships and sexuality. Links directly to the CCLs and MHERC library catalogues are also provided for each book. The new site also includes a ‘featured book of the month’, invites users to provide feedback on books and makes available the promotional poster for download by anyone. The scheme is promoted at health service providers and libraries across Canterbury.


Sheree Menzies, MHERC Information Technology and Resource Librarian, says “Reading in Mind has enabled our clientele to easily select the resources best suited to their needs. It has assisted in building trust with service users because these books are well researched and reviewed, and it takes the confusion out of trying to search through multitudes of information. It also allows anonymity by people being able to access this initiative via the internet and the provision of our free postal and courier service. I can’t recommend Reading in Mind enough!”


To learn more about Reading in Mind, please visit 

If you have any questions about Reading in Mind, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Pegasus Health),  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Jane Keenan (Christchurch City Librarians), or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at MHERC, who are all part of the working group in developing and maintaining the scheme.

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