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11:12am 11th June 2013

People in Cornwall who suffer from depression are going to be given books on prescription.

Libraries will stock thirty titles recommended by doctors on everything from panic attacks to eating disorders.

Merryn Kent promotes reading across the Duchy and is helping to launch the scheme in Saltash.

She says it is a great place to go for self-help: "One of the things about libraries is that people trust them. They're very inclusive places, everybody's welcome and they're non-judgmental. They're friendly and welcoming places whoever you are and for whatever reason you have come to the library.

"You're able to go and find something that will help you personally and then if you find that you need another step then you can consult with a health professional. But it does put some kind of control back to people rather than having to rely on visits to the GP."

11:12am 11th June 2013

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