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Mental Health and Wellbeing: the role of Libraries

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Claire Smith, Keele University. Presentation. Aliss wellbeing and libraries event 21st August 2019

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Mental Health and Wellbeing: the role of Libraries

  1. 1. It’s the Keele difference. Mental Health and Wellbeing: The Role of Libraries Claire Smith Principal Library Assistant (Customer Services) c.smith3@keele.ac.uk
  2. 2. It’s the Keele difference. Today’s session: • Background *disclaimer – I am not an expert! • Examples from libraries across range of sectors • Considerations
  3. 3. It’s the Keele difference. What is Wellbeing? Connect Be Active Keep Learning Give to Others Be Mindful
  4. 4. It’s the Keele difference. 1 in 4 1 in 10
  5. 5. It’s the Keele difference. Why Libraries? •Safe Spaces •Trusted Sources •(Generally) free for users •Inclusive and accessible
  6. 6. It’s the Keele difference. Education •Upcoming changes in National Curriculum –Wellbeing and activity –Online safety 1 in 10 1 in 7 1 in 6
  7. 7. It’s the Keele difference. Library Use in Schools • Interesting reading material • Friendly and relaxing space • Break from traditional school work
  8. 8. It’s the Keele difference. Smith (2019) MHMS Daring School (2015)
  9. 9. It’s the Keele difference. Education - HE • Education Transitions Network • Libraries – 24/7 support – Trusted staff – Inclusive space
  10. 10. It’s the Keele difference.
  11. 11. It’s the Keele difference. •Mental Health Support Workers •MHFA Staff
  12. 12. It’s the Keele difference. @AstonUniLibrary (2018)
  13. 13. It’s the Keele difference. University of Bristol (2019)
  14. 14. It’s the Keele difference. NHS • 1.4 million workers • Mental Health is a key reason for absence • NHS Mental Wellbeing Commissioning Report (2019) “wellbeing at work needs to be addressed strategically across the NHS... often it is the simple things in the workplace that can make a real difference.”
  15. 15. It’s the Keele difference. Patient Voices
  16. 16. It’s the Keele difference.
  17. 17. It’s the Keele difference. Public Libraries
  18. 18. It’s the Keele difference. Some Inspiring Offerings... • Dementia Friendly/Autism Friendly Films • Solihull Fab Lab • Shropshire Libraries Books Aloud
  19. 19. It’s the Keele difference. Prisons • 37% of the prison population experience mental health issues • Library engagement equals: – Improved self esteem – Increased involvement in learning – Increased employment opportunities – Improved opportunities to maintain family links
  20. 20. It’s the Keele difference. Prison Reading Group • 49 groups • 39 prisons • 1100 inmates • Enabling choice
  21. 21. It’s the Keele difference. Budgets • Need to do more with less! • Is big budget better? – Small gestures – Collaborate – Volunteers
  22. 22. It’s the Keele difference. Time • Start small – self directed • Teamwork • Success can be a double edged sword!
  23. 23. It’s the Keele difference. Staffing • Engagement • Any training requirements • Utilising existing expertise
  24. 24. It’s the Keele difference.
  25. 25. It’s the Keele difference. References Arts Council England (2015) The health and wellbeing benefits of public libraries [online] Available from: https://www.artscouncil.org.uk/health-and-wellbeing-benefits-public-libraries [Accessed 13 August 2019]. Child, J. (2018) School libraries enhancing student wellbeing, Connections, 105, pp.8-9. Clark, C. and Teravainen-Goff, A. (2018) School libraries: Why children and young people use them or not, their literacy engagement and mental wellbeing [online] Available from: https://literacytrust.org.uk/research-services/research-reports/school-libraries-why-children-and- young-people-use-them-or-not-their-literacy-engagement-and-mental-wellbeing/ [Accessed 13 August 2019]. Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (2017) Libraries shaping the future: good practice toolkit [online] Available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/libraries-shaping-the-future- good-practice-toolkit/libraries-shaping-the-future-good-practice-toolkit [Accessed 8 August 2019].
  26. 26. It’s the Keele difference. Luster, S. (2018) Reinvented School Libraries Unleash Student Creativity, neaToday [online]. Available from: http://neatoday.org/2018/07/29/school-libraries-makerspaces/ [Accessed 13 August 2019]. Morse, A. (2017) Mental health in prisons. London: National Audit Office. NHS Digital (2018) Mental Health of Children and Young People in England, 2017 [online] Available from: https://digital.nhs.uk/data-and-information/publications/statistical/mental-health-of-children-and- young-people-in-england/2017/2017 [Accessed 14 August 2019]. Open Access Government (2019) All UK children will learn about mental health [online] Available at: https://www.openaccessgovernment.org/learn-about-mental-health/59763/ [Accessed 14 August 2019]. Pew Research Center (2016) People see libraries as a safe place, a source of educational opportunity and trusted information, as well as a place to ignite creativity in young people. [online] Available at: https://www.pewinternet.org/2016/09/09/libraries-2016/pi_2016-09-09_libraries-2016_1- 02/ [Accessed 6 August 2019]. Prison Reading Groups (2019) Promoting reading and reading groups in prisons [online] Available from: http://prisonreadinggroups.org.uk/ [Accessed 15 August 2019].
  27. 27. It’s the Keele difference. Smith, P. (2019) Mental Health & Wellbeing Collection – Clackmannanshire. SLIC blog, [blog] 1 May. Available at: https://scottishlibraries.org/about-us/news/mental-health-wellbeing-collection- clackmannanshire/ [Accessed 13 August 2019]. Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council (2019) Solihull Fab Lab [online] Available from: https://www.solihull.gov.uk/solihullfablab [Accessed 8 August 2019]. University of Bristol (2019) Wellbeing [online]. Available from: https://www.bristol.ac.uk/library/accessibility-support/wellbeing/ [Accessed 8 August 2019].

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