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Mental Health Awareness Week 14 – 20 May

Everything Changes When We Read

This year the focus for Mental Health Awareness Week (14-20 May), on stress. Research has shown that two thirds of us experience a mental health problem in our lifetimes, and stress is a key factor in this. By tackling stress, we can go a long way to tackle mental health problems such as anxiety and depression.

The Library has planned interactive displays for next week, based around  Everything Changes When We Read.

There is strong evidence linking reading for pleasure and educational outcomes. We know that academic attainment is of vital importance, but the benefits of reading for pleasure go beyond this and stretch throughout a person’s life.  Reading for pleasure can result in increased empathy, improved relationships with others, reductions in the symptoms of depression and dementia, and improved wellbeing, with evidence showing a correlation between reading for pleasure regularly and lower levels of stress and depression.

Pupils and staff are invited to add to the library displays and share how books can open your mind.

Lots of notes have already been posted on our interactive display for #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek . All about how reading reduces stress. Join in and share for #MHAW18 .

Check out the books to borrow on display too.Have a look, browse, and borrow