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Dr Tony Stevens Chief Executive Northern Health and Social Care Trust, Jim O’Hagan Chief Executive Libraries NI, Councillor Paul Hamill Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Elaine O’Doherty Public Health Agency, and Pat Smyth Health and Social Care Board pictured browsing the new collection of self-help health and wellness related books at Antrim Library during the launch of reading initiative, Read Yourself Well.
Library, on Tuesday 1 May, hosted the launch of a new self-help reading
initiative, Read Yourself Well and the introduction of an extensive new
collection of self-help health and wellness related books recommended by the
Reading Agency and written by wellness experts, doctors and best-selling
Yourself Well is an initiative being taken forward jointly by Libraries NI,
Northern Health and Social Care Trust, Health and Social Care Board (HSCB) and
The Public Health Agency (PHA) as a partnership contribution to community
planning. The Northern Health and Social Care Trust has funded the purchase of
health books with the aim to help people understand and manage their health and
well-being using self-help reading.
in the range offer members of the public the opportunity to learn more about a
variety of health issues including anxiety, dementia, addiction, women’s
health, pain management and many other long-term conditions.
NI Chief Executive Jim O’Hagan commented:
NI is committed to contributing to local community planning, thanks to the
partnership with and support of leading Northern Ireland health agencies,
Libraries NI is pleased to offer this informative new collection to all members
of the community. Read Yourself Well offers free access to a wide range of
health and wellness information for people to read in their own homes at their
Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Paul Hamill spoke of the initiative:
behalf of the Council and the Community Planning Partnership, I welcome this
partnership initiative between Libraries NI, the Trust and the PHA.
Community Planning is about finding new and better ways to work together and to
share our resources. Read Yourself Well is a perfect example of working
together for a shared purpose, in this case Health and Wellbeing - the Trust
has the health expertise, the PHA has the resources and Libraries NI has the
network for dissemination.”
Smyth, HSCB and Elaine O’Doherty, PHA expressed their support for the
initiative which demonstrates how organisations can work together to enhance
local services, highlighting community planning at its best.
Dr Tony Stevens, Chief Executive, Northern
Health and Social Care Trust said, “The Northern Trust is delighted to
have worked closely with Libraries NI to establish Read Yourself Well across
four local libraries in our area. This initiative aims to improve health and
wellbeing by increasing knowledge and understanding through better access for
the public to helpful, trust worthy and supportive books on a wide range of
conditions. This should be of great help to many people and I would encourage
everyone to use these free resources.”
full collection is available for loan now at Carrickfergus, Ballycastle, Antrim
and Maghera libraries while other health titles are available in all libraries.
access the Read Yourself Well collection visit any of the participating
libraries with your membership card or register for a new free membership by
calling into your local branch or online at www.librariesni.org.uk.