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Libraries NI has just the tonic for Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental Health Awareness Week (14 - 20 May) is just around the corner and when it comes to your wellbeing, Libraries NI has just the tonic!  The theme this year is managing stress. 

The Mental Health Foundation has shown that stress is a key factor for two thirds of people who experience a mental health problem in their lifetime. The Foundation believes that by tackling stress, we can go a long way to tackle mental health problems such as anxiety and depression. 

Libraries NI is supporting Mental Health Awareness Week and is asking people to connect with their local library. Local libraries provide free access to health events with local experts, hundreds of health and wellbeing books and numerous activities for people to socialise. 

Reading for pleasure has many proven benefits. Among these benefits, according to The Reading Agency, is a reduction of depression and anxiety among adults. Libraries provide the ideal environment and resources for people to get swept away into a literary world far from the stress of everyday life. Even if you can’t get to a library you can borrow eBooks, audiobooks and eMagazines from the Libraries NI website.  

Jim O’Hagan, Libraries NI Chief Executive commented:  

“Libraries play an essential role in providing safe accessible spaces and reliable resources available to all members of the community. We offer a wide range of health and wellbeing books alongside a vast collection of fiction, including bestsellers; all of which can be borrowed for free. The eMagazine service includes health and fitness magazines which can be downloaded free to your mobile or tablet, on the same day they hit the shops. These include top titles such as Women’s Health, Men’s Health and many more.” 

“A library is a great place to meet other local people in your own community so please come along to one of the free activities including knit and natter, tea and newspapers and mindful colouring. You don’t have to join in; you can just enjoy the company. I would encourage everyone to access these valuable resources not just during Mental Health Awareness Week but all year round.”

Library membership is free. For details of services and events call into your local branch or browse the Libraries NI website.