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Health & Wellbeing Resources

Healthcare Library (HHLS) Health & Wellbeing Book Collections
Our libraries stock a wide range of books in the area of Health and Wellbeing.  There is a huge amount of evidence that supports the value of reading to improve our health and wellbeing.
Click here for a list of books available from our libraries across HHFT and SHFT.  You can search our catalogue to find more titles here.  We can borrow books from other NHS libraries for you if there is a particular title that you are after that we don’t have.
Download our leaflet to share with colleagues - click here

Fiction books
At Basingstoke site healthcare library there is a large collection of fiction books that you won’t find on our catalogue, pop in and have a browse. If you find something you like it can be taken away from the library for a charitable donation or perhaps a swap of one of your own books.
We also accept donations of good quality fiction books at Basingstoke, so please feel free to pass on to us titles you’ve enjoyed and want to share with colleagues

The Reading Agency
Reading Well helps you to understand and manage your health and wellbeing using helpful reading. The agency recommends books that are chosen by health experts and people living with the conditions covered. There are five book lists available:

Reading Well Mood-boosting Books
Reading Well Mood-boosting Books is a national promotion of uplifting titles, including novels, poetry and non-fiction. The books are all recommended by readers and reading groups.

Reading Well Books on Prescription
Reading Well Books on Prescription helps people manage their wellbeing using self-help reading. The scheme is endorsed by health professionals and supported by public libraries.

The Healthcare Libraries have some of these books on the shelves but we can get request any books that we don’t from other libraries on your behalf

A reading list on the evidence of the benefits of bibliotherapy - Bibliotherapy

Royal Marsden Manual online – Chapter on Self-care Wellbeing for Nurses – HHFT staff only
Access is via
the intranet under Online Systems or with your NHS OpenAthens account.

This chapter considers why care of ourselves as nurses is important and explores specific strategies to maintain wellbeing in the following areas: self-care and wellbeing, mindfulness, eating and drinking and physical wellbeing and musculoskeletal health.

The Coronavirus Anxiety Workbook

HHFT Zest4Life Health & Wellbeing Directory
You will find the directory under the Healthy Living tab.

Web Resources

Action for Happiness
Monthly calendars -
10 Keys to Happier living -

Mindfulness for Nurses

Time to … online events run by the RCN including meditation, sewing, singing etc

The Free Mindfulness Project

MindEd / Health Education England - Coronavirus Staff Resilience Hub

HHFT Patient Information (Health Living tab) 

Managing Moods Webinars
A free course teaching skills you can use day-to-day to feel more positive, calm and able to cope with life’s challenges.  As part of the partnership with Southern Health and other local and national services, we are offering Managing Moods Webinars to HHFT staff.

Secret Garden @HFFT (for staff only)

Open between 8am-8pm and accessed through the counselling room (B518) on B level in social work corridor.

TED Talks – The importance of self-care playlist
Too busy to take care of yourself? These talks offer simple ways to stay healthy — both emotionally and physically.

15 benefits of reading

Origami for Beginners – A4 paper
Collection of demonstration videos starting with how to make an origami heart using A4 paper

Jigsaws online
A growing collection of free jigsaws to complete online

10 of the world’s best virtual museum and art gallery tours
Art lovers can view thousands of paintings, sculptures, installations and new work online – many in minute detail – as well as explore the museums themselves. There are various platforms: from interactive, 360-degree videos and full “walk-around” tours with voiceover descriptions to slideshows with zoomable photos of the world’s greatest artworks. And many allow viewers to get closer to the art than they could do in real life.