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Health & Wellbeing (formerly Public & Patient Information)

Public Info

Useful Resources

This webpage contains some information that may be useful to members of the public, patients and their carers, family or friends.

Below is a short list of NHS information websites national and  below that is a list of some local and national support organisations.

A more detailed list is available here Support Organisations List.


NHS 111 - Get help for your symptoms online.

NHS Better Health - Free tools and support to help you move to a healthier lifestyle.

NHS Better Health - Mental Health - Find information and support for your mental health.

NHS Better Health - Lose Weight - If you're overweight, losing weight can have many help benefits and small changes can make a big difference.

NHS Services - Find services and make appointments online.

NHS Health A-ZYour complete guide to conditions, symptoms and treatments, including what to do and when to get help.

NHS Medicines A-ZFind out how your medicine works, how and when to take it, possible side effects and answers to your common questions.

NHS What to ask your doctor - Advice on how to get the most from your appointment.

NHS Women's HealthInformation and support on health, wellbeing, conditions and screening.


Other Resources

Balance - Menopause Library

Citizen's Advice Bureau (CAB)

County Durham Drug and Alcohol Recovery Services

Cruse Bereavement Care

Darlington & Co Durham Rape & Sexual Abuse Counselling

Darlington B C - Health & Social Care

Durham County Carers Support

Durham County Council - Adult & Health Services

Macmillan Cancer Support

National Domestic Violence Helpline

National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC)


Vicitim Support


The CDDFT Library Service supports staff Health and Wellbeing via Lighter Reading fiction and books on Health and Wellbeing related topics, available through our Library Catalogue, plus other collections of dedicated Wellbeing resources, both print and digital.

Your Health Collection

Is a selection of books and digital support resources

Health Education England (HEE) and the Reading Agency have worked together in partnership to bring together  a collection of resources to support users of health and prison libraries to understand and manage their health.

The collection of 10 books and 30 digital resources are on a theme of better health and living well and were selected by healthcare, health information and knowledge specialists working in the NHS, prisons, public health and Higher Education. The resources are accessible, inclusive and reflect the diversity of society.

The books are available at both CDDFT libraries. Please check our Library Catalogue for details.

Staff are able to access the online collection through any computer or mobile device.

Your Health Collection:

YHC Books

YHC Digital


Uplifting Resources

Uplifting Resources

Health Education England (HEE) and the Reading Agency have crowd-sourced a list of uplifting resources from NHS colleagues and as part of that collection, ten books are available to borrow from our CDDFT Libraries. They include fiction, non-fiction and poetry.

All of the resources have been recommended by NHS staff for NHS staff and are ideal for boosting your mood. The supporting digital collection also contains poems, websites, videos, podcasts and apps and is available HERE. You can use it at your own leisure via any computer or mobile device, at work or at home.


Reading Well

Reading Well Books on Prescription help individuals understand and manage their health and wellbeing using self-help reading. The books are endorsed by health professionals, as well as by people living with the conditions covered and their relatives and carers. The scheme is also supported by public libraries.

Reading Well has published several Reading Lists, covering Long Term Conditions, Dementia and Mental Health (Please see the links under Related Publications). The Trust Library Service has purchased many of these books, however if we don't have a book in stock at your local CDDFT Staff Library, please don't hesitate to request it and we can try and get it from elsewhere.

To search for the Reading Well books please visit our Library Catalogue .

If you need further information from the Library Team, please click on the Our Libraries link on the right of the screen.

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