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Portsmouth Library Service Launches 'Reading Well for Mental Health'

Published: 12th June 2018 09:01

The list of Reading Well for mental health’ titles has just been launched by the Reading Agency and Society of Chief Librarians includes: Matt Haig - How to Stay Alive, Sathnam Sanghera - The Boy with the Topknot, Ruby Wax - A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled and Cathy Rentzenbrink - A Manual for Heartache.

Each title offers invaluable support to people with mental health needs and their carers and are available free in all Portsmouth libraries. 

Matt Haig says: “Reading Well is an absolutely brilliant scheme that recognises the true proven therapeutic power of words. It will help people facing mental struggles to feel understood, and to get help. This scheme will improve, and maybe even save, many lives”

Since its launch in 2013, the Reading Well programme has impacted the lives of over 778,000 people in the UK. The list is curated with mental health experts and includes books to support people undergoing talking therapies, as well as guided and unguided self-help 

Councillor Steve Pitt, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport said "Reading is good for mental health as it helps us to relax but this range of new titles have been specially selected because of the support they can offer - I'm delighted that we have them in our libraries for our residents to enjoy."

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