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.
Wokingham Libraries also provide the “Shelf Help – Reading 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.
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/