World Mental Health Day – October 10

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World Mental Health Day falls on October 10, with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilising efforts in support of mental health. Its focus this year is on young people and mental health in a changing world.

Wokingham Libraries stock the “Reading Well for Mental Health” book list by the Reading Agency and The Society of Chief Librarians. Each title, which helps people read well to stay well, is written by bestselling and highly-regarded authors including Matt Haig  (Reasons 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.

Reading Well for mental health provides helpful information and support for managing common mental health conditions, or dealing with difficult feelings and experiences. Some books include personal stories from people who are living with or caring for someone with mental health needs. The scheme is endorsed by health professionals and supported by public libraries.

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Wokingham Libraries also provide the “Shelf HelpReading Well for Young People” book list. These books are recommended by experts about mental health, and are suitable for 13 to 18 year olds. The books provide information and advice about topics such as anxiety, stress and OCD, and difficult experiences like bullying and exams. There are also titles on ADHD, autism and asperger syndrome, body image and eating disorders, confidence and self esteem, depression, mood swings and self harm.

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Some key facts on mental health and wellbeing:

  • Approximately one in four people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year
  • 26% of adults reported having been diagnosed with at least one mental health problem
  • By 2030, it is estimated that there will be approximately two million more adults in the UK with mental health problems than there were in 2013

All titles can be reserved at a Wokingham borough library or via the online catalogue at http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/library-services/search-renew-and-reserve-items/

 

 

 

 

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World Mental Health Day – October 10

RWMH_all_titles

World Mental Health Day falls on October 10, with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilising efforts in support of mental health. Its focus this year is on young people and mental health in a changing world.

Wokingham Libraries stock the “Reading Well for Mental Health” book list by the Reading Agency and The Society of Chief Librarians. Each title, which helps people read well to stay well, is written by bestselling and highly-regarded authors including Matt Haig  (Reasons 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.

Reading Well for mental health provides helpful information and support for managing common mental health conditions, or dealing with difficult feelings and experiences. Some books include personal stories from people who are living with or caring for someone with mental health needs. The scheme is endorsed by health professionals and supported by public libraries.

Redaing Well Booklist front

Wokingham Libraries also provide the “Shelf HelpReading Well for Young People” book list. These books are recommended by experts about mental health, and are suitable for 13 to 18 year olds. The books provide information and advice about topics such as anxiety, stress and OCD, and difficult experiences like bullying and exams. There are also titles on ADHD, autism and asperger syndrome, body image and eating disorders, confidence and self esteem, depression, mood swings and self harm.

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Some key facts on mental health and wellbeing:

  • Approximately one in four people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year
  • 26% of adults reported having been diagnosed with at least one mental health problem
  • By 2030, it is estimated that there will be approximately two million more adults in the UK with mental health problems than there were in 2013

All titles can be reserved at a Wokingham borough library or via the online catalogue at http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/library-services/search-renew-and-reserve-items/

 

 

 

 

Reading Well Books on Prescription and other services to support mental health and well-being in Wokingham Borough Libraries

small_ReadingWell_bookpanel_BOPWokingham 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

There is good evidence from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)
that self-help books can help people understand and manage common conditions, including anxiety and depression.  Although books can sometimes work on their own, research has shown that self-help approaches work best when there is support from a health professional. If you have been referred to an Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service, you might be seen by a pscychological well-being practitioner, who can guide you through the information. The books have been recommended by experts. They have been tried and tested an found to be useful.

The full list of books is available at http://reading-well.org.uk/books/books-on-prescription/common-mental-health-conditions

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

Reading Well Books on Prescription for dementia recommends books you might find helpful if you have dementia, are caring for someone with dementia or would like to find out more about the condition http://reading-well.org.uk/books/books-on-prescription/dementia

To mark World Mental Health Day on October 10 2017 Wokingham Library has a range of books from the Books on Prescription schemes on display, please visit the library to see what’s on offer. The books are also available throughout the other 9 libraries in the borough.

Talking Therapies  will also be at Wokingham Library on Tuesday October 10, 2017 to promote World Mental Health Day. Just drop in and find out what they do!

Wokingham Borough Libraries host a range of activities for people in the community including book groups, creative writing groups, reading aloud groups, reminiscence groups and craft groups. These groups meet throughout the year and they are a great way to meet like minded people and make friends. If you or anyone you know would be interested in finding out more about a group in your area please go to http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries or call (0118) 9781368

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