8-13 October is Libraries Week: the annual showcase of all the creative, innovative and diverse activities that UK libraries have to offer.
With a focus this year on wellbeing, libraries will showcase how they bring communities together, combat loneliness, provide a space for reading and creativity and support people with their mental health.
Cecilia Bethencourt-Dunning, our Patient Information Librarian, will be at Brighton’s Jubilee Library on Wednesday 10 October from 10.30 onwards with leaflets and tips for living well. You can contact her for more information at Cecilia.Bethencourt-Dunning@bsuh.nhs.uk
Did you know:
Research shows that library users have higher life satisfaction, happiness and sense of purpose in life compared to non-users
Being a regular library user is also associated with good general health. When valued medically, library engagement saves the NHS just under £30 million a year.
76% of adults say reading improves their life and the same number says it helps to make them feel good.
Research has indicated that reading fiction is associated with higher levels of empathy and improved relationships with others
Reading for pleasure has been linked to a reduction in stress, the symptoms of depression and the risk of developing dementia in later life
For more facts and information on reading and wellbeing, visit Reading Well – a Reading Agency and Libraries Connected programme that helps you to understand and manage your health and wellbeing using self-help reading.