Suffolk Libraries is supporting Mental Health Awareness Week 2019 (13 - 19 May) and celebrating all of the mental health services, groups and resources it offers.
This year’s theme is body image and self-esteem. Many factors can affect how people view themselves and their bodies, from social media and relationships to physical disabilities and long-term conditions or illnesses. Our libraries offer all sorts of groups and resources that can help, including accessible exercise classes, walking groups, wellbeing drop-ins and activities for young people.
Our mental health and wellbeing information service, New Chapters, also provides information and signposting as well as weekly Open Space sessions across the county. We work closely with many other mental health and wellbeing organisations, bringing expert support into the community.
Visit your local library’s webpage to see their regular health and wellbeing events, or find your nearest Open Space group. Our brand new Children and Young People’s Open Space group at Chantry Library will be discussing body image at their session on Thursday 16 May, Eye Library will be offering free tea and coffee, as well as a quiet space, to customers throughout the week, and Thurston Library have put together a special wellbeing book display.
Some of our libraries have also planned one-off health and wellbeing events ahead of and during the week:
- Pampering, shopping and wellbeing fundraising event at Gainsborough Community Library - 11 May
- Mindfulness for Health talk with Integrative Mind specialist Jill Yarrow at Newmarket Library - 11 May
- Introduction to meditation and healing at Saxmundham Library - 13 May
- Chair Yoga with Maryanne for seniors at Sudbury Library - 14 May
- Make your own happiness jar at Haverhill Library - 18 May
We have also published some new mental health recommendation lists on our website:
- Recommended reads for Mental Health Awareness Week 2019
- eLibrary picks for Mental Health Awareness Week 2019
Useful links - body image and self-esteem
- Mind: Information on self-esteem
- Mind: Information about eating problems
- Mind: Information on Body Dysmorphic Disorder
- The Source: information and advice for young people in Suffolk - includes information on acne, relationships, self-harm, food and exercise
- Young Minds: Body image
- Beat: Information and support on eating disorders
- Macmillan Cancer Support: Information on developing a positive body image