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Shropshire Libraries support Time to Talk Day 4 February 2016

03 February 2016 Last updated at 02:07

Shropshire Libraries, Shropshire Health and Wellbeing board and partners are joining to highlight Time to Talk Day as part of a campaign to get the nation talking about mental health and to end misconceptions and stigma. The aim of the day is to get as many people as possible talking about the mental health, to help break the silence that often surrounds the subject. Each year, 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem; yet mental illness is still surrounded by prejudice, ignorance and fear. This can make it difficult for those of us with mental health problems to work, make friends and go about everyday life.

All libraries offer a wide range of self-help books on diagnosed conditions, together with free use of computers to access health websites and the Shropshire Community Directory.

Libraries stock Books on Prescription, collections of titles designed to offer assistance with common conditions such as insomnia, anxiety and low self-esteem. There are also special collections of books for people diagnosed with dementia, their carers, and people worried about symptoms or wanting to find out more about the condition. In April 2016 the Books on Prescription scheme will be extended to Reading Well for children and young people with an emphasis on mental health and well-being. Library staff can also provide customers with advice on choosing uplifting and mood-boosting reads. It has been shown by a 2009 Sussex University study that reading for as little as six minutes a day is sufficient to reduce stress levels by 60%.

Many libraries offer sociable daytime activities such as reading groups, Knit & Natter gatherings, and the popular Time to Listen sessions where adults are invited to sit back in comfort and listen to fiction and poetry read aloud. For those who cannot get out and about, the free Home Library Service is a great way to have books, audiobooks and DVDs delivered to your door, while our e-book and e-magazine service gives you access to a wide range of publications in your home completely free of charge.

For more information about Time to Talk follow link http://www.time-to-change.org.uk/timetotalkday