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New library book collection to promote healthy minds

Wolverhampton Libraries and Wolverhampton Healthy Minds are joining forces on Tuesday (10 July) to launch a new book collection.

The Reading Well for Mental Health collection provides helpful information and support for managing common mental health conditions or for dealing with difficult feelings and experiences.

Some books also include personal stories from people who are living with or caring for someone with mental health needs.

The collection will be hosted at Central Library, though sets of the recommended reads will also be available from Bilston, Warstones and Wednesfield libraries and can also be reserved free of charge at other libraries in Wolverhampton.

The collection will be officially launched at Central Library on Tuesday from 1pm to 3pm, and visitors will have the opportunity to meet mental health practitioners and browse the books on the recommended book list while also enjoying a selection of free refreshments.

Councillor John Reynolds, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for City Economy, said: "We are delighted to be able to offer this important collection of titles which will offer useful advice and information to help people improve their mental health and wellbeing, and the mental health and wellbeing of others."

Reading Well is delivered by The Reading Agency in partnership with the Society of Chief Librarians as part of the Society of Chief Librarians' Universal Health Offer. It is funded by Arts Council England and Wellcome. It was a finalist in the Royal Society for Public Health's Health and Wellbeing Awards 2017.

To find out more about Wolverhampton's libraries, please visit Libraries.

  • released: Friday 6 July, 2018