Libraries across Worcestershire will be hosting a variety of events next week to raise awareness of how they can help improve mental health.
Mental Health Awareness Week begins on Monday May 13 and runs through to Sunday May 19.
Libraries will showcase specialist book collections endorsed by health professional. These collections are aimed at supporting people of all ages with common health problems including anxiety, depression, dementia, pain management and stress.
Councillor John Smith, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Health and Wellbeing said: “There is such a wide range of positive activities planned across Worcestershire’s libraries, raising awareness during Mental Health Awareness Week. Mental health is an increasing national issue, and it’s great to see the county’s libraries come together and showcase their commitment to supporting this.”
A dementia choir kicked off the programme of activities by performing at The Hive, today (Friday May 10). These sessions use music and song to stimulate communication and interaction and are run by a registered music therapist who is experienced in dementia care.
A tea and talk Conversation Café will be held on Monday May 13 and Friday 17 at St John’s Library from 10am-12.30pm.
Tai Chi sessions will be held at Malvern Library on Tuesday May 14 at 11.45am and at Evesham Library on Thursday May 16, promoting the link between regular exercise and improved mental health. A health walk will also be run from Evesham Library on the same day. Contact Evesham Library for details on 01905 822 722.
Staff from Kidderminster Library will have an information stand at the Wyre Forest Volunteering and Your Wellbeing Fair, taking place at The Town Hall in Kidderminster on Thursday May 16 between 10am and 2pm.
Both Stourport and Droitwich Libraries will be hosting a Connect Café on Friday May 17. Connect Cafes are designed to bring people together in the library to share experiences and support each other around shared interests or issues such as being a carer and living with dementia. There is no need to reserve a place, just visit the library and join the group.
For more information, please contact your local library or visit the libraries section of the Council's website.