Books on Prescription is a programme run by WellSouth Primary Health Network and the libraries of Otago and Southland (Public Libraries, University libraries and prison libraries) to increase access to high quality health information. The resources in the collection have been recommended and reviewed by health professionals. Books are available at your local library and videos and smartphone applications can be accessed via this website. You can also read book reviews by both health professionals and consumers on this website.

There are 3 strands of the programme:

Read Yourself Well: Self-help reading has been shown to help manage a wide range of health problems. Free books are available from your local library that you may find useful on their own, or in conjunction with other options such as talking therapies and/or medication if appropriate.

Listen Yourself Well: If you prefer to listen we also have audio-books available to borrow in the libraries and some podcasts and videos on this website.

T’App Yourself Well: These are smartphone apps which may be a useful tool to help understand and manage a health problem.

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Featured Resources

  • Overcoming Anger and Irritability CD


    : Talks with your Therapist.

    CD Available in your local library.

    This CD is based on the book: Overcoming Anger and Irritability: A Self-Help Guide Using Cognitive Behavioural Techniques. The CD includes a series of nine talks by clinical psychologist Dr William Davies.  It explores how anger and irritability affects us in different ways and sets out effective strategies to reduce feelings of irritability and become less angry.

  • Emotional hygiene


    We all need to practice emotional first aid

    We'll go to the doctor when we feel flu-ish or a nagging pain. So why don’t we see a health professional when we feel emotional pain: guilt, loss, loneliness? Too many of us deal with common psychological-health issues on our own, says Guy Winch. But we don’t have to. He makes a compelling case to practice emotional hygiene — taking care of our emotions, our minds, with the same diligence we take care of our bodies.

    Watch Video

  • Anxiety Sam


    SAM is a friendly iPhone and android app that offers a range of self-help methods for people who are serious about learning to manage their anxiety. Recommended by the NZ Mental Health Foundation.


    Download App

  • Feed Safe


    Can I have an occasional drink while I'm breastfeeding? Should I 'pump and dump'? How does alcohol affect breastmilk? How long should I wait after having a drink, before breastfeeding?

    New Zealand recommendations say that the safest option is to not drink while breastfeeding. If you do want to drink while breastfeeding it is recommended that you avoid doing so until your baby is one month old. After this time, mothers may wish to enjoy a drink with a meal, when out with friends, or on a special occasion. Feed Safe includes a handy standard drinks guide, to help you understand how much alcohol is in a range of common drinks. Feed Safe also contains local contact details for breastfeeding information and support services.

    FREE app for iOS and android devices which contains information on breastfeeding and alcohol, to help you make an informed choice. 

    Download from Google Play or the iOS App store appstore.com/feedsafenz. For more information on Breastfeeding Support across Otago & Southland visit www.breastfeedingsos.co.nz.