Mind, IT and more Mood Boosting Recommendations


Before we get onto today’s mood boosting book recommendation, I wanted to let you know about a couple of other related event’s that will be happening at Brighton and Hove City Libraries.

On 13th, 20th and 27th January we will be running free IT drop-in sessions to support people to find online info about mental health and wellbeing services. The sessions will take place at Hove Library between 10 and 12 am. We are liaising with other services e.g. Health trainers, Alzheimer’s Society and Mind to participate in the sessions which will be run with library staff and volunteers.

On 20th January, Mind will have a stall in the lobby at Jubilee Library so please do pop in and have a look.


Today’s recommendation is from Fiona.


Name and role: Fiona L, Library Officer

What makes you happy?

Sunshine, exploring new places, being creative, getting lost in a good book.


What do you recommend and why?


I nominate The letters of Vincent Van Gogh.

Fiona goghDepression can badly affect your ability to concentrate making it impossible to follow a narrative structure. Reading letters or diary entries is one way you can still read and try to feel normal during a difficult time. Van Gogh’s letters reveal a sensitive, deeply intelligent man who struggled with various issues throughout his life. They contradict the popular image of a mad man and show a loving, spiritual person and testify to the deep bond he shared with his brother Theo.

They are very revealing of the creative process and full of details of his everyday life, his thoughts on art and the places he visited .


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Do you have a mood boosting book you would like to recommend?

Tweet @BHLibraries using the hashtag #BHhappybooks, or E-mail us at libraries@brighton-hove.gov.uk with BHhappy books in the subject line

Or fill in one of the mood-boosting postcards at Jubilee Library or your local Mind shop by 30th January.


Fill in a postcard with your recommendation

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