Wolverhampton's libraries have received funding from the Reading Agency to buy a new range of health and wellbeing titles as part of its Reading Well for Mental Health campaign.

The titles all deal with some aspect of health and wellbeing, from mindfulness to dealing with anxiety, depression and bereavement. 

eBook and eAudiobook versions of each title can be found on Wolverhampton Libraries' BorrowBox app – details at Libraries – and physical copies are available to borrow via the Select and Collect service from Central, Warstones, Finchfield, Bilston, Tettenhall and Wednesfield libraries by emailing libraries@wolverhampton.gov.uk or calling 01902 552025.

Titles include A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled by Ruby Wax, Grief Works by Julia Samuel, Coping with Anxiety by Lee Brosan, Manage your Mood and Overcoming Health Anxiety both by Rob Wilson, I Had a Black Dog by Matthew Johnstone, A Manual for Heartache by Cathy Rentzenbrink, How are you Feeling Today? by Molly Potter, Mind Your Head by Juno Dawson, Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig and The Anxiety Survival Guide for Teens by Jennifer Shannon. Some titles are aimed at children and young adults. 

Jennifer Lees, Assistant Librarian for Health and Wellbeing, said: "There is a wealth of evidence around the value of reading to support health and wellbeing and so it's great that the Reading Agency has provided us with access to these titles. 

"The Reading Well for Mental Health collection has been around for a few years now and has always been a handy tool for us to signpost borrowers to information on a range of issues. This is particularly relevant now as so many people have experienced mental health issues since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

"These books serve as a useful starting point for anyone wanting to find out more about issues they or loved ones might be facing, as well recommending various coping strategies."

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