World Mental Health Day at the Central Library


Monday 10th October is World Mental Health Day and the day will be marked at the Central Library with an afternoon event whereby various organisations and professionals will be promoting valuable advice and guidance.

From 13:00 to 16:00 there will be stands from groups such as the Health Ambassadors, LIFT Psychology Swindon, Swindon MIND, the Parkinson’s UK Swindon & District Branch, Baby Steps Swindon, Alzheimer’s Society and Change, Grow, Live: Swindon Drug and Alcohol Treatment Service offering advice and guidance as well as information about their services. There will also be a special afternoon Localities Drop-in.

There will be two Dementia Friends Information Sessions held during World Mental Health Day. The first will be from 1.5pm-2.00pm. Book your place on the Dementia Friends website

_dsc9047In the early evening – 18:00 start – there will be another chance to join us for a Dementia Information Session and become a Dementia Friend. It is a free session however, pre-booking is essential – book online or email .

In the evening – 19:15 start – we have the pleasure of hosting a poetry workshop with a great poet – Chris Tutton Poetry as Healing. Explore how reading and writing poetry can help with anxiety, stress and depression. Learn how to control emotions and become empowered in this friendly, supportive and interactive workshop.

Chris Tutton

Chris Tutton

The workshop is free to attend, however pre-booking is essential due to limited places.

We are also excited to have been given some fabulous artwork by a group of young people from CAMHS Marlborough House Adolescent Inpatient Unit, Swindon.
The young people took up the challenge to work on an art display to mark World Mental Health Day and have created pieces of artwork that fit with the theme of Psychological First Aid. Another piece was created during their resilience group and is a Wellbeing First Aid Box which has been made into a collage of things people can do to take care of their emotional health.
The young people got creative under the guidance of a wonderful artist, Kay O’Sullivan, and Rachel Coombes, Occupational Therapist.

We are very looking forward to the day. See you there!

For more information please contact Ewa Salik, or Leon Flower, on 01793 463790. Alternatively email us at or

Did you know 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. The scheme 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 The Wellcome Trust.

reading-reading-well-books-on-prescription-titles-copyright-the-reading-agencyBooks 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

We also have specialised collections of Reading Well Books for younger people, as well as a selection covering dementia.

Download a copy of the Reading Welll Books on Prescription for Dementia

Download a copy of the Shelf Help, Books on Prescription for younger people

All of the titles can be reserved through our Library catalogue