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Warwickshire Supports World Mental Health Day

Warwickshire residents were being encouraged to think about their mental health and wellbeing on 10th October 2012 to mark World Mental Health Day.

The theme for this year is ‘Depression: A global crisis’ and the County Council and NHS Warwickshire are urging people to be more open about mental health and to seek support at an earlier stage.

Research suggests that in the UK one in four people will experience a mental health problem in any one year.

The county’s Books on Prescription (BOP) scheme, which is available through libraries, has helped people in Warwickshire deal with common mental health issues, such as depression, stress and anxiety. Last year more than 10,000 items including books and CDs were loaned as part of the scheme.

The books are also of interest to carers and families, who support people with mental health issues. As part of the BOP collection, books are available for GPs & health professionals to prescribe (recommend) and to borrow and browse in Warwickshire libraries.

David Carter, Strategic Director of Resources at Warwickshire County Council, said:  “We hope that everyone will give mental health and wellbeing a thought on World Mental Health Day this year. We are pleased that our library service is supporting work with other agencies in Warwickshire to make help and support even more accessible.”

John Linnane, Director of Public Health at NHS Warwickshire and Warwickshire County Council, said: “Depression is one of the most common mental health issues – one in five people will suffer from some form of depression or low mood at some point in their lives, which can make everyday things such as speaking to friends, eating a meal or just getting out of bed difficult to cope with. We hope that these books, which are very easy to access, will help people experiencing depression to understand more about why they might be feeling that way and ways to cope.”

All of the book collections are the result of work between Warwickshire Library and Information Service and NHS Warwickshire. Librarians are specially trained in mental health awareness to give patients the confidence that they will be treated with sensitivity and complete confidentiality.
Books on Prescription has been so successful that it has been rolled out to also provide books to young people and to those affected by dementia.

For further information please ask in a Warwickshire library or visit www.warwickshire.gov.uk/booksonprescription  For further details on mental health services please log onto http://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/mentalhealth


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