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February 14, 2007 4:23 PM

Health service and library staff in South Lanarkshire have drawn up a healthy reading list offering help and advice for people experiencing mental health problems.

Funded by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, and working in collaboration with South Lanarkshire Council, five local libraries are taking part in the “Healthy Reading” initiative.

The branches are stocking more than 30 titles on their shelves, recommended by health professionals, and aimed at improving mental health and emotional well-being.

They will cover a wide range of topics, including stress, depression, eating disorders, and anger management.

The idea is to provide easy access in the community to evidence-based, quality self-help books for people experiencing mental health problems.

Jennifer Russell, Co-Ordinator of the Gateway Primary Care Mental Health Team at Cambuslang Clinic, said:

 “Potentially an estimated 60 per cent of people may experience mild/moderate mental health problems such as anxiety and depression at some point in their lives.

Chair of South Lanarkshire Council’s Education Resources Committee, Councillor Mary Smith, said:
“Self-help can be a useful tool in dealing with these problems and books like this are one way of helping people gain a better understanding of the feelings they are experiencing.”

“We are delighted to cooperate with NHS Glasgow and Clyde on this innovative and valuable new service to the community.

to all who work in and support our public services.
“The health and well-being of our community is something that is important

“South Lanarkshire Council has the ‘improvement of the quality of life’ of all of its citizens as one of its core values and this project is another step forward in helping to achieve this.

“I would like to add my thanks to the staff who have been involved in putting together this scheme and, in particular, the staff at Rutherglen library who have arranged the event launch and who have expressed their enthusiasm in supporting this project in the future.”

The five libraries taking part are Rutherglen, Cambuslang, Cathkin, Halfway and Kings Park.

Dr. Jim White (STEPS Primary Care Mental Health Team) as part of NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, led the pilot Healthy Reading Scheme in collaboration with Glasgow City Council Libraries in 2005.
Notes to Editors:

Since October 2006, the Gateway Primary Care Mental Health Team as part of Cambuslang & Rutherglen Community Health Partnership (CHP), has been working in collaboration with South Lanarkshire Council Libraries to develop a local Healthy Reading Scheme, along with Cambuslang & Rutherglen Community Health Initiative and NHS Health Promotion. 

This scheme, in addition to the existing schemes in Glasgow and East Renfrewshire, is an excellent example of multi-agency collaborative working to promote Health Improvement for the community.  

The books on the Healthy Reading Scheme list can be borrowed and reserved in the same way as all other books are currently obtained.

For more information contact NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde on 0141 201 4429, the Gateway Primary Care Mental Health Team on 643 3527, South Lanarkshire Council on 01698 454645, or email [email protected]

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