Libraries across Devon hold collections of nationally accredited books supporting adults and young people with mental health conditions and also people living with dementia and memory loss.
Monday 3rd July sees the national launch of a further list, Reading Well for Long Term Conditions. This list of 28 books will cover the following topics:
• Bowel Conditions
• Breathing Difficulties including Asthma
• Heart Disease
• Chronic Pain
• Support for Carers
Collections will be available to borrow across these libraries, with requests across all libraries in the county being free to customers: Barnstaple; Bideford; Crediton; Exeter; Exmouth; Honiton; Ivybridge; Kingsbridge; Newton Abbot; Okehampton; St Thomas; Sidmouth; Tavistock; Teignmouth; Tiverton; Totnes.
To mark the launch and also Health Information Week (3rd-7th June) there will be Pop Up Health Information Points in both Exeter and Barnstaple Libraries. These will take place at Barnstaple Library on Tuesday 4th July 1pm-4pm and at Exeter Library on Thursday 6th July 10am-1pm.
These Pop Up Health Points will include:
• An opportunity to be among the first people to borrow the new Reading Well for Long Term Conditions books
• An opportunity to meet a representative of OneSmallStep, a new, free healthy lifestyle service for Devon. They will provide a range of free resources to take away and people will be able to test their lung age and body fat levels among other activities
• An opportunity to meet an NHS Health Librarian available to answer health enquiries using gold standard information sources such as NHS Choices and Patient Info
Click here for the booklist.