Wokingham Libraries launch Reading Well for Mental Health

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The “life-saving” 2018 ‘Reading Well for mental health’ titles by The Reading Agency and Society of Chief Librarians were announced at a flagship event at the Wellcome Trust  on 5 June. Each title will offer invaluable support to people with mental health needs and their carers, who are at increased risk of loneliness according to recent research.

2018’s powerful book list, which will help people read well to stay well, is penned by bestselling and highly-regarded authors including Matt Haig (How to Stay Alive); Cathy Rentzenbrink (A Manual for Heartache); Sathnam Sanghera (The Boy with the Topknot); Ruby Wax (A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled) and many more. The expert-endorsed reads are available free in Wokingham Borough Libraries as well as in other participating libraries across England

Matt Haig says: “Reading Well is an absolutely brilliant scheme that recognises the true proven therapeutic power of words. It will help people facing mental struggles to feel understood, and to get help. This scheme will improve, and maybe even save, many lives”

Since its launch in 2013, the Reading Well programme has impacted the lives of over 778,000 people in the UK. Katie Clarke-Day, who lives with multiple long-term conditions, has helped co-produce the scheme with the Reading Agency and Society of Chief Librarians. She was engaged in everything from book selection to shaping the language and images used in Reading Well materials. Katie believes this scheme has the power to save lives and combat isolation.

Katie Clarke-Day, Reading Well co-producer from the Coalition for Collaborative Care, says: “Mental health issues are still shrouded in stigma. They are also by their nature isolating and scary. There is a lot of information contained within these books that could save lives, sometimes just the simple recognition that the way you feel has a name or that other people felt this too. I don’t think we can underestimate the power of this list … I also have a lot of respect for libraries both in terms of the wealth of knowledge stored in the books they contain but also in the community space and hub of activity they provide for so many people across the country.”

Wokingham Libraries  supports the mental health agenda by providing a number of activities at its branches. Currently customers can join book and creative writing groups, reminiscence groups, games and craft groups. All of these activities can help to end social isolation, people enjoy getting together regularly and they often make lasting friends. Our events can be viewed at http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/whats-on-in-our-libraries/

The list is curated with mental health experts and includes books to support people undergoing talking therapies, as well as guided and unguided self-help.

This year the government appointed a Minister for Loneliness to address the growing “loneliness epidemic”, and in April 2018 the Office for National Statistics released a report raising awareness of the link between health and isolation. People with a health condition are 56% more likely to report loneliness than those without, and those with caring responsibilities were 37% more likely to be lonely.

Journalist and author Sathnam Sanghera experienced first-hand the challenges of growing up with relatives living with mental health conditions: his father and eldest sister had schizophrenia. This inspired his touching Sunday Times bestselling memoir, which was adapted for television – The Boy with the Topknot. It has been chosen as one of the 2018 ‘Reading Well for mental health’ books.

Sathnam Sanghera, Reading Well author, says: “It is said that we read to know we are not alone, and this is especially the case with mental health, one of the most isolating diseases around. Hopefully initiatives like this make sufferers and their carers feel less lonely.”

Reading Well helps you to understand and manage your health and wellbeing using self-help reading. The scheme is endorsed by health professionals and supported by public libraries. Health professionals involved in the book selection process never have any conflict of interest with the titles selected for each book list. There are currently four book lists available: Reading Well for mental health (replacing Reading Well for common mental health conditions, first launched in 2013), Reading Well for dementia, Reading Well for young people, and Reading Well for long term conditions.

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Mental Health Awareness Week 14 to 20 May 2018

14 to 20 May 2018 is Mental Health Awareness Week. 16 million people experience mental health problems each year, and stress is a key factor in this. By tackling stress we can go a long way to tackle mental health problems such as anxiety and depression.

Wokingham Borough Libraries support the mental health agenda through book groups, reminiscence sessions and craft workshops to help combat social isolation. To join a book group or attend a group please visit our website or enquire in your local library.

If you cannot get to a library, we provide a free home delivery service for books including large print and audio books. A trained member of staff or volunteer will deliver items to your home to match your reading tastes every 3 weeks at an agreed time. This service is for any resident who can’t visit their library because of ill health, disability or because they are caring for someone. The library website has information on how to apply here.

We also provide services for memory loss and dementia groups in the form of “forget-me-not” collections containing items from social history from the 1940s to the 1970s. Handling the items and discussing them can help trigger memories and spark discussions. The boxes are available to borrow with a yearly subscription of £28.50 and come in a variety of themes. We also have a reminiscence collection of memory joggers, DVDs and specialised puzzles and quizzes.

Wokingham Libraries support the Reading Well schemes to improve health.

  • Reading Well Books on Prescription is a scheme that uses reading to help people who suffer from conditions such as depression and anxiety. GPs and other health professionals recommend 30 self-help titles for people to borrow from their local library.

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  • Shelf Help is a Reading Well collection of 35 books for young people that have been chosen by health experts and young people themselves. They are designed to help you cope with the pressures of life, boost your confidence, and help you with difficult feelings and experiences. They contain information and advice as well as personal stories about dealing with feelings such as anxiety, depression or stress, or experiences such as bullying. RWYPposterdesign-thumb-300x411-14733[1]As well as these promotions, we have collections of self-help books in each library. Please ask any library staff member for help or visit the online catalogue.

 

 

 

Diabetes Prevention Week April 16-22 2018

Diabetes-risksApril 16-22 is Diabetes Prevention Week. Wokingham Library and other libraries in the Borough now stock books and leaflets that can help raise public awareness of the risks  of Type 2 Diabetes and how it can be prevented.

Type 2 diabetes can lead to stroke, blindness, heart disease, kidney failure, limb amputation and early death. Find out if you are at risk by visiting diabetes.org.uk/risk #PreventingType2

Certain groups are at high-risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. You can help to prevent it by eating healthily, being more active & losing weight. Calculate your risk at diabetes.org.uk/risk – and ask your GP practice about the NHS #Type2Diabetes Prevention Programme #PreventingType2

The NHS #T2Diabetes Prevention Programme provides free, personalised, tailored advice on eating healthily, being more active and losing weight. Ask your GP or Practice Nurse if you are eligible to take part – and assess your own risk at diabetes.org.uk/risk #PreventingType2

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April is Stress Awareness Month in Wokingham Borough Libraries

April is Stress Awareness Month. It has been held every April since 1992. During this 30 day period health care professionals and health promotion experts will join forces to increase public awareness about both the causes and cures for our modern stress epidemic.

Woodley Library is running a number of events this month to help combat stress including, for further information and bookings please call (0118) 9690304

Holistic Therapies and Essential Oils – explore natural and holistic ways to help reduce and manage stress

Hypnotherapy for releasing stress and anxiety

Indian Head Massage –relaxes the upper body, helps dispel stress and relieve tension

Meditation for managing and reducing stress – discover the benefits of mediation and how to incorporate it into your daily life plus a guided meditation

Art in the Afternoon – an afternoon to encourage your creativity and self-expression as a vehicle to reduce stress and promote relaxation

Wokingham Borough Libraries supports the Reading Well Books on Prescription Scheme which helps people manage their well-being using self-help reading. The scheme is endorsed by health professionals.

The books provide helpful information and step-by-step self-help techniques for managing common conditions, including depression and anxiety. The books are available for anyone to borrow from the library, they may have been recommended by a GP, psychological well-being practitioner or another health professional.

Books are free to borrow or they can be reserved. They may also be available in different formats See http://www.readingagency.org.uk/readingwell .The list is due to be updated this Summer

There is also a similar list to support young people called The Reading Well for Young People Scheme. Reading Well for young people recommends expert endorsed books about mental health, providing 13 to 18 year olds with advice and information about issues like anxiety, stress and OCD, and difficult experiences like bullying and exams. More information is available at http://reading-well.org.uk/books/books-on-prescription/young-people-mental-health

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National Obesity Awareness Week

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January 8 -14 is National Obesity Awareness Week. Wokingham Borough Libraries have plenty of books to help you on a journey to a healthier you, from cookery and health to diet and exercise.

The week is run by the National Obesity Forum http://www.nationalobesityforum.org.uk where people are encouraged to pledge to make one sustainable change to help improve their health. Obesity represents the greatest threat to health worldwide with poor diet contributing to more disease than physical inactivity, smoking and alcohol combined.

Whether it’s cooking more healthily, avoiding snacks, or being a little more physically active, join in National Obesity Awareness Week and make your healthy new year’s resolution NOW!

Creative Crafts and Pamper Evening at Woodley Library- Monday December 4

An evening of joy and peace awaits you at Woodley Library as they host their Creative Crafts and Pamper Evening on Monday 4th December. The doors will open at 5pm to a wonderful, relaxing prelude to the festive season with, they hope, something for everyone.

Many of the therapists from their July evening will be returning as well as some new, including Colour Therapy and Chandereiki Reiki Healing. Cosmetics and skincare consultants will be on hand to assist with that Christmas (or any time of year) sparkle and if you prefer your sparkle on your hands (or feet) manicures and pedicures will also be available.

Making a personal gift for a friend or loved one is both fun and rewarding- or you could just treat yourself; learn about perfume design, then design your own fragrance with Nev and Xrissy from My Perfume Party or spend an hour with Helen Cook of Stampin’ Up to make a beautiful decorated mirror; Lili Pottery will be bringing along ceramics for hand painting, plus have a try at needle felting or book folding.

A host of crafts and homemade items will be on sale on the evening for those that can’t resist a bit of Christmas shopping.

One other very exciting event on the evening will be an Acroyoga demonstration and workshop with William Henderson – don’t miss this opportunity to “fly” – no previous experience is needed, just comfortable clothing and a mat.

Refreshments will be available all evening and are included in the ticket price of just £3 which must be purchased in advance.  Advance booking for treatments and craft workshops is also advised, additional charges will apply for many of these but they are being offered at a reduced cost and are payable directly on the evening.

Please contact Woodley Library for further details, (0118) 9690304. They look forward to welcoming you.

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Come and try the taster sessions from Relax Kids at Wokingham Library

Come and try the taster sessions from Relax Kids at Wokingham Library

Relax Kids helps children manage stress, anxiety and difficult feelings whilst boosting self-esteem, confidence and improving sleep. Relax Kids offers training to adults and classes to children using a unique 7-step method to teaching relaxation.

Alison from Wokingham Relax Kids will be running the following Taster sessions at Wokingham Library.

Each session costs £3 and can be booked by calling Wokingham Library on 0118 978 1368.

Relax Kids Taster session

Supports children to manage stress, anxiety and difficult feelings. Boosting self-esteem and confidence, whilst having fun.  For children aged 8 to 12 years old.

On Monday 10 July from 4pm to 5pm

Just Relax Taster session for Adults

Just Relax Treat yourself to some inner calm, feel stress and anxiety melt away because you deserve it.  Relaxation techniques for parents.

On Wednesday July 12 from 10.30am to 11.30am.

Little Stars Taster session

Little Stars teaching children to Shine. Children have fun while learning skills to aid their emotional and physical development.  For children aged 4 to 7 years old.

On Thursday July 13 from 4pm to 4.30pm

Chill Skills Taster session

Chill Skills supports young people feel more confident, improve their learning potential, manage their emotions and be the best they can be! For teens.

On Thursday July 13 from 5pm to 6pm

Each session costs £3 and can be booked by calling Wokingham Library on 0118 978 1368.

For more information about Relax Kids, visit  www.facebook.com/alisonrelaxkidswokingham

Reading Well for people with long term conditions

At a time when 26 million people in England are living with at least one long term JPEG for Reading Well for long term conditions postercondition, Wokingham Libraries are  launching a national scheme to support them with expert endorsed books available to borrow for free.

Reading Well for long term conditions is part of the successful Reading Well Books on Prescription programme delivered through English public libraries. It provides people living with long term conditions and their carers with high-quality book based information, support and advice on a range of conditions.  On average people living with long term conditions spend just four hours a year with a health professional and 8,756 hours self-managing. There is therefore an enormous need for accessible, quality assured health information to help people understand and manage their symptoms.

Developed with health experts and people living with long term conditions and their carers, the new Reading Well scheme encourages people to take an active role in making decisions about their health and understanding and managing a range of long term their conditions. The books are free to borrow from all Wokingham Borough Libraries as well as in other participating libraries across England.

Reading Well for long term conditions has a recommended reading list of 28 books that were selected by health experts and people living with long term conditions. The list includes health information, memoir and self-management titles and covers conditions such as diabetes, stroke and heart disease, as well as common symptoms such as fatigue, pain, wellbeing and sleep problems.

The scheme is delivered by The Reading Agency in partnership with the Society of Chief Librarians and it is delivered through English public libraries. It is funded by Arts Council England and the Wellcome Trust.

For more information about the books on the recommended list visit our website http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/reading-schemes-for-children-and-adults/reading-well-schemes-to-improve-health/