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.
- 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. 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.