Mental Health Awareness Week 2018

Mental Health Awareness Week 2018

16 May 2018

This year the Mental Health Foundation is focussing on stress for Mental Health Awareness Week (14 to 20 May). According to research, as many as two thirds of people in the UK experience a mental health problem in our lifetimes, with a key factor being stress. The message being put out this week is that by tackling stress, we can go a long way towards tackling mental health problems such as anxiety and depression, and even self-harm and suicide. The Foundation highlights its report on the prevalence of stress in the UK and its implications, which also focuses on what we can do to manage and reduce stress in the UK.

In the Calibre Library we have a range of books related to mental health issues in our Health and Wellbeing category. More specifically we have a number of books on anxiety, including self-help titles covering relaxation and mindfulness.

Mindfulness has its roots in the Eastern tradition of meditation and was developed as a treatment for a number of chronic illnesses by Jon Kabat-Zinn in the USA in 1979. Interest in mindfulness, as a technique for preventing and managing anxiety and depression, has grown phenomenally in recent years. Go into any bookshop, or look on social media to discover for yourself just how popular it is. In fact the National Institute for Clinical Excellence NICE now recommends Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy as a way to prevent depression in chronic sufferers. The programme, developed by Professor Mark Williams, has been proven to work as well as antidepressants in the prevention of relapse in those who have experienced three or more bouts of the illness. Even the NHS lists it as a way as boosting your mood on its website; it also includes an audio guide on the subject.

Our self-help titles on anxiety, mindfulness, and meditation provide a simple guide to practices that can help reduce stress and anxiety, and promote a sense of wellbeing. They include:

The Breath as a Key by Jenni Adams (3668)

Feeling Low by Linda Hudson (9332)

Happiness: A Practical Guide by Will Buckingham (9958)

The Little Book of Peace by Susan Jeffers (6348)

Meditation is easy by Greer Allica (5623)

Mindfulness for worriers by Padraig O’Morain (11180)

The Miracle of Mindfulness by Thich Nhat Hanh (12436)

Purely Relaxation by Linda Hudson (9328)

Relax and Move Gently by Jenny Adams (3665)

Relax and Sleep Well by Jenni Adams (3666)

Relax your Mind and Body by Jenny Adam (3667)

Relieve Anxiety by Linda Hudson (9327)

Silence: The Power of Quiet in a World Full of Noise by Thich Nhat Hanh (12164)

Other books related to the theme of mental health are:

In Therapy: How Conversations with Psychotherapists Really Work by Susie Orbach (11786)

The Man who couldn’t Stop by David Adam (11433)

My Age of Anxiety: Fear, Hope, Dread, and the Search for Peace of Mind by Scott Stossel (10378)

Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig (11487)

The Woman who thought Too Much by Joanne Limburg (8790)

Handful of Earth: A Year of Healing and Growing by Barney Bardsley (10871)