Healthy Reading at East Renfrewshire
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Presentation by Claire Scott from East Renfrewshire council given at the "Equality and Diversity: promoting good practice in library work" course on the 17th November 2009....

Presentation by Claire Scott from East Renfrewshire council given at the "Equality and Diversity: promoting good practice in library work" course on the 17th November 2009.

Discusses the part that East Renfrewshire libraries are playing in helping people cope with ill-health, be this physical or mental.

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  • 4 in total Dedicated PC offering access to accredited sites Wider range of health books and other materials My Health guides Healthy Reading collection Health leaflets Services of a health information worker Various groups – Men’s Health, Baby massage… Outreach work – substance misuse, older people Health Open Days – Healthy food tasting/therapists

Healthy Reading at East Renfrewshire Healthy Reading at East Renfrewshire Presentation Transcript

  • Equality and Diversity: promoting good practice in library work Mitchell Library, 17th November 2009 Claire Scott Libraries & Information Services Manager East Renfrewshire Council Healthy Reading
  • East Renfrewshire’s Health
    • 7.5% of people state that their health is not good
    • (10.1 nationally)
    • 8% of the population prescribed drugs for anxiety, depression and psychosis (8.2 nationally)
    • 450 out of 100,000 hospital admissions are
    • alcohol-related (723 nationally)
    • 7.5 % of the working population is income deprived (13.9 nationally)
  • Mental Health – A National Picture
    • It is estimated that 1 in 4 of us will experience mental difficulties at any one time
    • Problems such as anxiety and depression account for 30% of all GP consultations
    • Evidence suggests that self-help is effective in helping people in overcoming mild mental health problems
  • Healthy Reading – An Introduction
    • Arose from a partnership between East Renfrewshire Libraries and NHS Boards with funding up to £10K
    • Purchased multiple copies of 42 titles covering issues such as stress, anxiety, low mood and low self-esteem
    • Titles were recommended by health professionals and people who had found particular books very helpful
    • The books provide simple step by step approaches to enable people to deal with their mental health issues
    • Healthy Reading offers collections of high quality and specialised books and information
    • The catalyst for the development of health information points
  • Using the Healthy Reading Collection
    • Community Libraries across East Renfrewshire now offer easy access to the Healthy Reading collection
    • All the titles are available in a Healthy Reading booklist on the Library Service website
    • Health Information Points signpost the collections in the libraries
    • Readers can join the library and borrow any title immediately – over 100 books issued per month
    • GPs and Mental Health Professionals can refer people to their local library for books and further health information
  • Healthy Reading - Examples
  • Why Libraries?
    • Libraries well-placed to deliver key council agendas and to deliver on outcomes for the Single Outcome Agreement
      • “ Community” libraries – small to medium sized buildings in the heart of our town and villages
      • Non-threatening
      • Customers trust and value the service
    • Already in the business of providing information
      • Knowledgeable staff
      • A role to play in improving information literacy
  • Keeping Healthy – Our Next Steps
    • MyHealth Initiative developed with £46,000 of funding from the Scottish Library and Information Council’s (SLIC) Public Library Quality Improvement fund
    • Key Deliverables
      • myhealth website
      • Branded health information points for libraries
      • Printed directory of advice and support
      • Health guides
      • Online support directory
      • Health literacy e-module
      • Staff training
  • myhealth website You can access My Health at sites across East Refrewshire, including your local library and sports centre and online at www.eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk.myhealth
  • Health Information Point
  • Further Initiatives
    • Relaxation and therapy rooms in libraries
    • Healthy eating and mood food events
    • Outreach with partners
      • ACUMEN (Argyle and Clyde United in Mental Health) – healthy reading books complimenting existing resources and allowing them to improve their postal service
      • Causeway One Stop Shop – healthy reading collection now available for clients, carers and staff
  • Our Partners
    • East Renfrewshire Information Advice Forum (ERIAF)
    • NHS Education
    • Public Education Resource Library (PERL)
    • Better Barrhead
    • Eastwood Bridges Primary Care Mental Health team
    • Community Health and Care Partnership (CHCP)
    • Health Improvement Team (HIT)
    • Community Planning and Development Team
    • Local Health Centres
    • Sandyford Hub
  • The Outcomes of Healthy Reading
    • Residents of East Renfrewshire have easy access to recommended self-help titles
    • Partnerships have been strengthened as a result of joint working
    • Strong foundations to take advantage of future health developments
    • Through evaluations, our users report that they value the ease of access to the Healthy Reading collection and to related health information and services
    • Claire Scott
    • [email_address]
    • www.eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk/libraries
    • www.eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk/myhealth