Reading Well

Reading Well Books on Prescription helps you to understand and manage your health and wellbeing using self-help reading.

The books are chosen by health experts and people living with the conditions covered. People can be recommended a title by a health professional, or they can visit their local library and take a book out for free.

Llyfrau ar Bresgripsiwn

Mae Darllen yn Well Llyfrau ar Bresgripsiwn yn eich helpu i ddeall a rheoli eich iechyd a’ch lles trwy ddefnyddio darllen hunangymorth.

Cafodd y llyfrau eu dewis gan arbenigwyr iechyd a phobl sy’n byw gyda’r cyflyrau sy’n cael eu trafod. Gall gweithwyr iechyd proffesiynol argymell teitl i rywun, neu gall pobl ymweld â’u llyfrgell leol a benthyg llyfr am ddim.


I Had a Black Dog

Matthew Johnstone

There are many different breeds of Black Dog affecting millions of people from all walks of life. The Black Dog is an equal opportunity mongrel. It was Winston Churchill who popularised the phrase Black Dog to describe the bouts of depression he experienced for much of his life. Matthew Johnstone has lived experience of depression and has written and illustrated this moving and uplifting insight into what it is like to have a Black Dog as a companion and how he learned to tame it and bring it to heel. Mental Health Journal described it as ‘A beautiful book, worth owning for the author’s illustrations alone, in 48 pages Matthew condenses insight, advice and inspiration’.

Borrow a copy of this book free of charge via your local library.

Or buy a copy of the book online.


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Reader Reviews


04 May 2016

I had a black dog was a very interesting yet simple book, it explained what depression feels like by turning it into a metaphor and it also taught you how to be free from depression, one of the lessons that stuck out in this book is when the author made it clear that if you have depression you are not alone and you should seek help.


08 October 2018

It’s is really good to read yes I recommend to read

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