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Library hosts mental wellbeing event

Published Tuesday, 03 July 2018

A range of organisations and a special range of books endorsed by GPs will be at Central Library this Thursday (5 July) between 11am and 2pm, to support mental wellbeing in Coventry.

Organisations attending include: Coventry and Warwickshire Mind, Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership Trust, Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Team, Men's Shed, representatives from The Environment and Me Project, and many more. 

Peter Barnett, Head of Libraries Advice and Health Information, said: "Statistics from the Mental Health Foundation tell us that one in four adults and one in 10 children will experience a common mental health problem in any given year, and we think it's really important that people in Coventry know where they can access support when they need it. 

"Libraries are trusted community spaces and we believe it's important that we use our place in the community to help people find ways to invest in their own mental well-being and access support when they need it." 

The event will also highlight a new collection of books launched by Coventry Library Service earlier this month called Reading Well for Mental Health.  These books have been endorsed by health professionals and can be recommended by GPs or other health specialists. The books provide information about therapies and approaches such as CBT and mindfulness, as well as self-help information about common mental health conditions including depression, anxiety, OCD and others. The collection also includes personal stories, advice for carers, and a focus on common feelings and experiences such as coping with anger, grief, and low self-esteem. 

Anyone is welcome to come in to our libraries, browse and take out books from The Reading Well for Mental Health collection.

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