Libraries Week and World Mental Health Day 2018


Next week (8th-14th Oct) is a busy week in the world of Brighton and Hove libraries, as we celebrate Libraries Week and World Mental Health Day! This year the themes interlink, covering both wellbeing and mental health – with a particular focus on mental wellbeing and young people in an ever changing world.

In recent years knowledge and awareness of mental health issues has increased, with the subject gradually making its way in to mainstream media and daily conversations. However, there’s still a lot of progress to be made…

We know that building awareness helps to combat taboo surrounding mental health problems, so during the next week our aim is to get people talking about mental health and wellbeing – starting conversations and shattering stigma.

Brighton and Hove libraries have a wide range of books available covering the topics of mental health and wellbeing. These include both fiction and non-fiction titles, for children, teenagers and adults – providing a source of awareness, knowledge and also acting as self-help guides.


Throughout the week we will have these on display around the libraries for you to browse and borrow, also feel free to search our online catalogue. Included on the displays will be leaflets and posters providing local information and also titles from our Reading Well and Shelf Help collections.

The link between libraries and wellbeing:

  • Library users have higher life satisfaction, happiness and sense of purpose in life
  • Reading fiction leads to higher empathy and better relationships with others
  • 76% of adults say reading improves their life and makes them feel good
  • Reading for pleasure reduces stress and depression



Whilst libraries nurture a love for reading and hold a wealth of information through books, they also provide so much more! Libraries are adapting in a changing world, providing a community hub, a safe space where the community can come together.

Connecting with others is an important aspect of boosting wellbeing. It is a great way to combat feelings of loneliness and isolation, often associated with low wellbeing. We have various regular events across our libraries, where people connect through interests and hobbies. Details and more information can be found on our website.

Small changes can improve our wellbeing – why not give these suggestions a try?!

  • Take time for yourself
  • Practice relaxation techniques
  • Try mindfulness
  • Learn a new hobby

Next week provides a great opportunity to celebrate libraries and their role in improving wellbeing in the community, whilst also starting conversations about mental health. Keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter pages for regular updates!

Let’s celebrate Libraries Week and World Mental Health Day together!

Monday 8th October:

The Scribe Tribe – A creative writing course with a focus on cultural heritage will be launching at Jubilee Library on Monday 8th during Libraries Week. The course will be taking place every Monday between 4.30pm and 6.30pm until the 3rd December. For more information please contact course leader, Umit Ozturk via email –

Storytime at Jubilee Library – To celebrate Libraries Week we will be incorporating the theme of wellbeing in to our morning Storytime sessions. Storytime takes place at Jubilee Library, Mon-Fri at 10.15am – what a great way to start the day!

Mindful Mondays – On Monday the 8th, we will be launching a new afternoon Storytime session that will be taking place every Monday (during term-time) in the Children’s Library from 3.45pm – 4.15pm.

Wednesday 10th October: World Mental Health Day!

NHS Librarians Visit – Wednesday 10th of October is World Mental Health Day. Pick up a book from our displays at Jubilee library and speak to our visiting NHS librarian from the Audrey Emerton Library for health information. For more information on World Mental Health Day take a look at our previous blog post and check out the Mental Health Foundation website here.

Thursday 11th October:

Author event at Jubilee Library with Ben Clench – Author Ben Clench joins us at Jubilee library to talk about his inspirational memoir Ben Again. Ben will discuss the memoir which covers his experience of traumatic brain injury and recovery after he and his girlfriend were hit by a car in the Dominican Republic. Event starts at 6pm, and includes book signing and free refreshments!

Friday 13th October:

Baby Boogie at Hove Library – Libraries Week special Baby Boogie celebrating wellbeing. Come along at 2.30pm for a fun music and rhyme session for babies and toddlers and parents and carers.

Saturday 13th October:

Dad’s Baby Boogie at Jubilee Library – Another Libraries Week themed Baby Boogie, focusing on wellbeing. Starts at 10.15am. Come along and have a boogie!

Good Vibrations Singalong – Join us from 11.30am – 12.30am at Jubilee on Saturday the 13th for a free performance by the Martlets Good Vibrations Choir. Be uplifted and join in! Libraries across the country will be hosting choirs today to celebrate the benefits of singing for your wellbeing. Get your vocal chords ready – let’s sing and feel great!

Phoenix Family Fun Workshop – Join us at Jubilee library on Saturday afternoon for a free drop in workshop from 2pm-4pm. The workshop is inspired by ‘The Sitting Room’ exhibition at Phoenix. Families are invited to create small objects, playful sculptures and write messages or stories. The workshop will be lots of fun, with plenty of opportunity to explore and create.

Sunday 14th October:

Brighton and Hove Family Learning Festival Join us at Jubilee library from 11.30am – 2pm for some fun, free family learning activities with a snail theme! Enjoy story-telling, crafting, games and so much more!

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