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Health and wellbeing

What support, books and resources are available to adults with common mental health conditions?

We stock a range of self-help books that are recommended by health professionals and offer various activities and events to help people of all ages that are suffering from memory issues or dementia, or would simply like to try new things or make new friends. 

We offer an excellent range of books on the Reading Well scheme, called Books on Prescription - Common Mental Health Conditions. The following pdf document provides a list of all the titles and more information on the scheme:

Reading Well: Books on Prescription - Common Mental Health Conditions (pdf 244kb - Opens in a new window)

All these recommended titles are free to request and borrow at any East Riding library:
Library catalogue (external website)

These books are aimed at helping you to understand and manage your health and wellbeing using self-help reading. The scheme is endorsed by health professionals and supported by public libraries. The books provide helpful information and step-by-step self-help techniques for managing various types of common mental health conditions.

The Reading Well scheme also offers a range of books aimed at helping support people with Dementia and also a great range of books that can help boost your mood and improve your mental wellbeing. The following pdf document provides a list of all the titles specific to Dementia and more information on the scheme:

Reading Well: Books on Prescription – Dementia (pdf 334kb - Opens in a new window)

All these recommended titles are free to request and borrow at any East Riding library:
Library catalogue (external website)

The following pdf document provides a list of all the Mood Boosting Book titles:

Reading Well: Mood Boosting Books (pdf 732kb - Opens in a new window) 

All these recommended titles are free to request and borrow at any East Riding library:
Library catalogue (external website)

All libraries host a range of social events and activities designed to help improve health and wellbeing. The following link will take you to our library finder where you can see what events and activities your local library host. 

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What kind of support and books are available to young people to support mental health and wellbeing?

The new Reading Well Books on Prescription list for young people launches at Beverley Library on Thursday 26 May 2016.  Entitled Shelf Help it provides 35 titles recommended by young people and health experts.

Reading Well: Books on Prescription -  Young People (pdf 642kb  – Opens in new window) 

The scheme provides 13 – 18-year-olds with high-quality information, support, and advice on a wide range of mental health issues.  The twelve topics covered include anxiety, depression, eating disorders, self-harm, and difficult life pressures like bullying and exams.

The books are free to borrow and reserve from any East Riding library or mobile library, and so copies are available to both young people and parents in a safe place - a neutral nonthreatening library environment.  They can be reserved online, and a selection of them is also now available in eBooks format to download with your library card and PIN.

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What support is available to people living with memory issues or dementia and their carers? 

East Riding Libraries offer a safe, caring and understanding environment for people living with memory issues and dementia. All of our library staff are trained ‘Dementia Friends’, so they have a good understanding of what it’s like to live with dementia.

Dementia Friends - (external website - opens in a new window)

East Riding Libraries have a range of facilities available for people living with memory issues and dementia. 

Reminiscence

Take a trip down memory lane at your local East Riding Library. 

Use our great range of memory boxes containing items such as photographs, books and even food packaging to relive the sights and sounds of days gone by. 

'Reminiscence' is a social group for older people to meet new friends and to have fun sharing stories.Reminiscence is also proven to be beneficial for those living with Dementia and their carers and is endorsed by the Alzheimer’s society. 

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Digital Reminiscence Unit

Digital Reminiscence Units enable anyone to build a digital life story with photos, music and captions. A fun activity for families or friends to share valuable memories and experiences.

Reminiscence units are available to book for use in your local library, to please get in touch:

Telephone: (01482) 392699 or 

Email: lama.admin@eastriding.gov.uk

Reminiscence and life story work has also been proved to:

  • Improve the mood, cognitive ability and wellbeing of those with mild to moderate dementia or memory issues.
  • Improve the relationship, whether family or professional, between the person with memory issues or dementia and their carer

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Making a Difference 3 - Individual Cognitive Stimulation Therapy: A Manual for Carers

This manual is for carers who want to improve the quality of life of the people with memory loss or dementia they are caring for.

Making a Difference 3 features stimulating activities, conversations, and games that carers can use, and photocopy, to help those suffering from memory loss to stay more engaged. A copy of the manual is available in every library in the East Riding, just ask at the counter. 

The manual has been compiled by academics working with people attending the Humber NHS Foundation Trust’s memory clinics and Centre for Dementia Research and Practice. The activities are usually delivered to groups attending the memory clinic or day hospitals, but now people can try these stimulating activities with the person they care for at home.

Support for Carers - Prepare to Care Sessions

East Riding Libraries work in partnership with the East Riding Carers Support Service to offer advice, information and support to carers at Prepare to Care sessions. More information is available on the East Riding Carers Support Service page.

A support worker from the Carers Support Service is available each month in a designated library to answer questions and provide information and advice. Just call your local Library for further information:
 
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Can I view a list of recommended self-help books?

Yes. You can view a list of recommended self-help books by using the links below.

Reading Well: Books on Prescription - Common Mental Health Conditions
Reading Well Books on Prescription for common mental health conditions helps you to understand and manage your mental health and wellbeing using self-help reading. The scheme is endorsed by health professionals and supported by public libraries:

Reading Well: Books on Prescription - Common Mental Health Conditions (pdf 244kb - opens in a new window)

All these recommended titles are free to request and borrow at any East Riding library:
Library catalogue (external website)

 

Reading Well: Books on Prescription - Dementia

Reading Well: Books on Prescription for Dementia recommends books you might find helpful if you have dementia, are caring for someone with dementia, or want to find out more about the condition. The books include information and advice, help after diagnosis, practical support for carers and personal stories.

 

The books have all been recommended by health professionals and have been tried and tested by people with experience of dementia:

Reading Well: Books on Prescription – Dementia (pdf 334kb - opens in a new window)   

All these recommended titles are free to request and borrow at any East Riding library.
Library catalogue (external website)

Reading Well: Mood Boosting Books

Reading Well: Mood Boosting Books is a national promotion of uplifting titles including novels, poetry, and non-fiction recommended by reading groups and readers around the country as books that have boosted their mood:

Reading Well: Mood Boosting Books (pdf 732kb - opens in a new window) 

All these recommended titles are free to request and borrow at any East Riding library.
Library catalogue (external website)

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Are there any activities available to help with mental health and wellbeing?

Reading Groups

Reading reduces stress by 68% and risk of dementia by 35%. Broaden your horizons, meet like-minded people and explore the fascinating world of literature. 

All are welcome, for information on your nearest session please contact your nearest library:
  

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Writers groups

Creative writing has been linked to improved mood and well-being, as well as more physical benefits such as lower blood pressure.

Share your love of writing with others, and take steps to get your work to print. From short stories, poetry, book reviews, magazine articles, there’s a writing experience to suit everyone. 

For information on your nearest session contact your local library.  If you can't find a group near you and would like to start a writing group, please talk to a member of staff who can help advertise this for you:

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Reminiscence

Take a trip down memory lane at your local East Riding Library. 

Use our great range of memory boxes containing items such as photographs, books and even food packaging to relive the sights and sounds of days gone by. 'Reminiscence' is a social group for older people to meet new friends, have fun and to share stories.

Reminiscence is also proven to be beneficial for those living with Dementia and their carers and is endorsed by the Alzheimer’s society. 

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Digital Reminiscence Unit

Digital Reminiscence Units enable anyone to build a digital life story with photos, music and captions. A fun activity for families or friends to share valuable memories and experiences.

Reminiscence units are available to book for use in your local library, to please get in touch:

Telephone: (01482) 392699 or 

Email: lama.admin@eastriding.gov.uk

Reminiscence and life story work has also been proved to:

  • Improve the mood, cognitive ability and wellbeing of those with mild to moderate dementia or memory issues.
  • Improve the relationship, whether family or professional, between the person with memory issues or dementia and their carer.
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Knit and Natter

Knit and Natter is a knitting group open for anyone to attend. Research has shown that knitting has therapeutic qualities similar to meditation; it can also help prevent and manage stress and pain. 

Library knitting groups offer improved health and wellbeing and a lively group of new friends for all ages and abilities.

This activity is suitable for adults or any ability level. Please phone your local library for more information:

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