World Mental Health Day – Saturday 10th October

World Mental Health Day is the annual global celebration of mental health education, awareness and advocacy

Joining organisations all over the world including the World Federation of Mental Health and the World Health Organisation, we’re raising awareness of what can be done to ensure that people with mental health problems can live with dignity.

There is a belief that effectively supporting people experiencing mental health problems is on target to become one of the greatest public health challenges of our time. Stigmatising and discriminatory treatment can be particularly distressing when a person is experiencing a health crisis.

We all have mental health, and by failing to treat people with mental health problems with dignity we make it more difficult to ensure that everyone takes steps to safeguard their wellbeing and to seek help, as it can lead to self-stigma, low confidence, low self-esteem, withdrawal and social isolation.

What are Swindon Libraries Doing?

Swindon Libraries hold a varied collection of Books on Prescription which can be borrowed for 3 weeks at a time.

Reading Well Books on Prescription helps you to understand and manage your health and wellbeing using self-help reading. It is endorsed by health professionals and supported by public libraries. We have developed the scheme in partnership with the Society of Chief Librarians, with funding from Arts Council England. It builds on local best practice to create a quality-assured national scheme for England, based on the model developed in Wales by Professor Neil Frude.

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Books can be recommended by GPs or other health professionals from the relevant Reading Well Books on Prescription reading list. People can also self-refer to the scheme and use it without a professional recommendation. All the books are available in almost all English public libraries where they can be borrowed free of charge. The books have been recommended by experts, and been tried and tested and found to be useful.

Reading Well Books on Prescription covers a list for common mental health conditions including anxiety, depression, phobias and some eating disorders. Pick up a leaflet with all recommended titles in the library or download http://bit.ly/1gJxz5y

All of the titles can be reserved through our library catalogue http://bit.ly/1roCcm0

Swindon Central Library is supporting World Mental Health Day by inviting a number of organisations to hold stalls on the day to promote their services.

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The word dementia describes a set of symptoms that may include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language.  Dementia is caused when the brain is damaged by diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease or a series of strokes.  Dementia is progressive, which means the symptoms will gradually get worse.

http://www.alzheimers.org.uk

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We offer a pathway to recovery for adults challenged by the use of drugs or alcohol.  We provide a range of intensive community based support, treatment and rehabilitation services that are designed to meet individual needs and support the family and friends of service users.

http://www.swindondrugandalcoholservices.org.uk

We are Beat, the UK’s leading charity supporting anyone affected by eating disorders or difficulties with food, weight and shape

http://www.b-eat.co.uk/

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We aim to provide the advice people need for the problems they face and improve the policies and practices that affect people’s lives.  We provide free, independent, confidential and impartial advice to everyone on their rights and responsibilities. We value diversity, promote equality and challenge discrimination.

http://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/

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We offer a wide range of support through GP surgeries to anyone with common emotional and mental health difficulties, primarily those associated with anxiety and depression. The LIFT Psychology services range from self-help therapies, to psycho-educational courses and one to one sessions.

http://www.lift.awp.nhs.uk.

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Swindon Mind provides advice, support and services to empower anyone experiencing a mental health  problem in Swindon. We campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.

http://www.swindonmind.org

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The service is totally confidential, free-of-charge and is provided through a team of expertly-trained Health and Wellbeing Ambassadors who can meet with you for up to 6 one-to-one sessions in your local area.

The Health and Wellbeing Ambassadors Service provides help and support from within your community to help you gain a healthier lifestyle. Anyone 16 or over can access or be referred to the Health and Wellbeing Ambassador Service.

http://www.mycaremysupport.co.uk/

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Talk to us any time you like, in your own way, and off the record – about whatever’s getting to you. You don’t have to be suicidal.

http://www.samaritans.org

Join us for Tea and Talk!

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From 9.30am we will be holding a Tea and Talk session.  Join us for a cuppa, cake and natter.  Find out more about the visiting organisations and chat to like-minded people.

Sign up to become a Dementia Friend. 

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A free session is being held 12.00pm – 1.00pm.  Reserve your place by calling Central Library on 01793 463238.

To find out more about World Mental Health Day in general: http://www.mentalhealth.org.uk

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