The Reading Well national scheme for people living with long-term conditions is being supported across Wokingham Borough libraries this summer.
The “life-saving” 2018 ‘Reading Well for mental health’ titles by The Reading Agency and Society of Chief Librarians were announced at a flagship event on 5 June. Each title offers invaluable support to people with mental health needs and their carers, who are at increased risk of loneliness according to recent research. 2018s powerful book list is penned by bestselling and highly-regarded authors. The expert-endorsed reads are available for free across Wokingham Borough libraries.
People with a health condition are 56% more likely to report loneliness than those without, and those with caring responsibilities were 37% more likely to be lonely. It is estimated some 26 million people in England are living with at least one long-term condition. Since its launch in 2013, the Reading Well programme has impacted the lives of over 778,000 people in the UK.
Wokingham Borough libraries already support the mental health agenda by providing a range of activities across branches for all to enjoy. Customers can take part in book and creative groups, reminiscence groups, games, and craft groups. These activities can help to tackle social isolation by allowing individuals to get together, discover new hobbies, and socialise.
“Loneliness is huge issue across the country, and that’s why it’s important that we do all we can to address it here in the Wokingham Borough. That’s why I am delighted that our borough libraries are supporting this scheme, which helps our residents living with long-term health conditions, and their carers,” said Cllr Norman Jorgensen, executive member for environment, leisure and libraries.
Reading Well is delivered in partnership with the Society of Chief Librarians. It is supported by a range of health organisations including Carers UK, Public Health England, Health Education England, Mental Health First Aid England, Mental Health Foundation, Mind, NHS England (IAPT), and Self-Management UK.