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Last Updated: Saturday, 8 October 2005, 17:04 GMT 18:04 UK
Turning a page to beat depression
A book prescription
Patients take their prescriptions to Guille-Alles Library
A new scheme is being launched in Guernsey to encourage people to turn to books instead of pills to tackle the symptoms of depression.

The book prescription scheme is getting under way at the Guille-Alles Library, in conjunction with the Health and Social Services department.

The scheme will allow doctors to prescribe self-help books for patients.

The project, first piloted in Cardiff, is being launched on Thursday by two local clinical psychologists.

Once a book is prescribed the patient will then visit the Guille-Alles Library and borrow the recommended book for up to three weeks.

If the book proves useful, then the patient has the option of renewing the library book or buying a copy for more advice.

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