Mental Health Awareness Week

Hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, Mental Health Awareness Week begins on 10 May and aims to promote good mental health for all. To support mental health Hampshire Libraries offer a variety of courses through the Learning in Libraries initiative, courses include wellbeing and fitness, digital skills, and many more.

This year’s theme for National Mental Health Awareness is nature; something millions of us turned to during the long months of a national lockdown. Nature has been proven to have powerful benefits for our mental health, research shows that going for walks outside was one of our top coping strategies during the pandemic and 45% of us reported being in green spaces had been vital for our mental health.

Hampshire Countryside Service’s blog, Looking After Nature, is a great source to use to get reacquainted with nature and finding comfort in the great outdoors – whether it be best walking spots in Hampshire, birdwatching or finding a new way to experience and enjoy the countryside this year.
We believe in the healing power of nature and the benefits that being outside in nature brings. Last year, we introduced our Naturally Mindful collection to encourage people to find out more about the many ways nature can be experienced for a positive mental health boost. The collection of non-fiction titles is available to download in eBook and audiobook format from our provider BorrowBox – look for our digital shelf ‘Nature and Mental Health’ or explore our catalogue online.

This year, we’ve received a collection of more than 80 books from The Reading Agency’s Reading Well initiative, aimed at supporting mental health of children, young adults and adults through the power of reading. The full collection is available to loan in each of our 40 libraries or downloadable as eBooks for free on BorrowBox.

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