Libraries add new books to Reading Well scheme for Health Information Week

2 July 2018

This week is Health Information Week and Cheshire West and Chester’s Library Service has added new books to the ‘Reading Well for Mental Health’ scheme.

Each title offers invaluable support to people with mental health needs and their carers, who are at increased risk of loneliness according to recent research.

2018’s 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 Cheshire West Libraries as well as in other participating libraries across England.

The Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Wellbeing, Councillor Louise Gittins said: “Health Information Week provides an ideal opportunity to remind people about the Reading Well programme which provides support and information on a wide range of health topics.

“Our Libraries are not only a wealth of knowledge stored in books but also community spaces and hubs of activity for so many people across the borough.  Hopefully schemes like this will help people with mental health issues, and their carers, feel less lonely.”

One of the authors, Matt Haig said: “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.
 

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