Boost your January Blues

The 20th January was Blue Monday – thankfully behind us now but supposedly the day of the year when the most people feel depressed! To support and cheer people who may be feeling a bit down we are having a campaign to create a Mood-boosting Top Twenty list of books chosen by the people of Brighton & Hove, we will then promote them in libraries.

Have you visited Jubilee Library to see our Mood-boosting display?


The Mood Boosting display at Jubilee Library



We also have more information about Mood-boosting here and a link to the Five Ways to improve your wellbeing and increase your emotional resilience.






You still have time to pop into Hove Library On 27th January for the last of the three, free, IT drop-in sessions to support people to find online info about mental health and wellbeing services. The session will take place 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.


Todays Mood Boosting recommendation is from Jo…


Name and role: Joanne Simmons

What makes you happy?

Family, walking in the countryside and cakes.

What do you recommend and why?

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank.

jo 1Diary of a young girl written while she was in hiding with her family during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands. I read this after a personal loss and was encouraged by the uplifting quotes throughout the book:

 “I’ve found that there is always some beauty left — in nature, sunshine, freedom, in yourself; these can all help you.” Anne Frank

Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl


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

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Tweet @BHLibraries using the hashtag #BHhappybooks

E-mail us at 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.

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