Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental Health Awareness Week blog

1 in 4 of us will experience a mental health problem each year. This Mental Health Awareness Week and beyond we welcome health and social care workers within Manchester to use the Knowledge Service to gain access to high quality health information to ensure decisions about health and wellbeing are based on the best possible evidence.

Health leaflets and resources

We have a great range of health leaflets and booklets that cover topics including sleep, stress and worry, as well as more general health topics like diet, exercise and diabetes. We also have a collection of health models and games that make health messages more interactive. Perhaps you are working with a dementia group and would like to borrow our Memory Box resource? Or you might be working in a secondary school and want to borrow our Resilience Cards.

Books!

We would not be a Knowledge Service without books. Our specialised collection focusses on mental and public health. On our shelves, you’ll find books on overcoming low self-esteem and health anxiety, on how to deliver cognitive behaviour therapy, as well as fiction texts on mental health experiences. We’ve also got a brand new wellbeing collection to take your mind away from your stresses for a little while.

Online COVID information

As well as resources and leaflets, we also have COVID support and resources available via our COVID hub. You’ll find information to support your mental wellbeing, information in different languages and details of helplines in place to provide support

How can you access the Knowledge Service?

Anyone working in health and social care in Manchester can use the Knowledge Service. You can be based within a charity, third sector organisation or local authority. All Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust staff can also access our services. Resources, leaflets and books are free to borrow and you need to become a member to do this.

Please contact us via Library or pop in to see us if you’d like to know more about our resources or if you’d like to borrow anything. Our full address and contact details are on the Knowledge Service webpage.

MH books

Image 1 shows: buzz guides – Keep safe, Improve your mood, Build yourself up, Unwind your mind; Dr Chris Williams guides – Why do I feel so bad?, Reclaim your life, How to fix almost everything, I can’t be bothered doing anything; fiction title The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy; nonfiction title The Comfort Book by Matt Haig; Greater Manchester Older People's Network’s Don’t Brush it Under the Carpet campaign poster; the Mental Health Foundation’s How to Sleep Better and How to Manage and reduce stress booklets; Independent Age’s Managing anxiety booklet and the NHS Discover simple steps to look after your mental health.

Image 2 shows: Stress display board; DVDs: Finding the edge: a mental health resource for use with young people produced by MIND, Open Secrets, Just listen...mental health; books to facilitate teaching others - Stress management and self-esteem activities by Patricia Rizzo Toner, Building happiness, resilience and motivation in adolescents by Ruthe MacConville & Tina Rae, Emotional strength & self-esteem, The Powerhouse; non-fiction title Coping with depression by Lisa Firth and Resilience activity cards for primary and secondary pupils.

Image 3 shows: Matthew Johnstone’s books on depression and mindfulness; non-fiction practical guides Mindfulness by Tessa Watt and CBT cognitive behavioural therapy by Elaine Iljon Foreman and Claire Pollard; and other nonfiction books - An Introduction to Coping With Anxiety by Brenda Hogan and Lee Brosan, Staying sane: how to make your mind work for you by R Persaud and The New Black by Darian Leader.”


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