Bibliotherapy – Help Take the Weight Off Your Mind

Fingal Libraries
by Fingal Libraries on March 16, 2017.

All families experience challenges and difficulties at one stage or another. If emotional or family problems are getting on top of you, Fingal County Libraries are here to help. The Fingal Healthy Reading Scheme is a collection of recommended self-help books for people experiencing stress or emotional difficulties across a broad range of topics such […]

All families experience challenges and difficulties at one stage or another. If emotional or family problems are getting on top of you, Fingal County Libraries are here to help. The Fingal Healthy Reading Scheme is a collection of recommended self-help books for people experiencing stress or emotional difficulties across a broad range of topics such as bullying, low self-esteem, parenting, eating disorders, depression, anxiety, bereavement, childhood trauma, separation and divorce and much more.

The collection of self-help material can be used by adults and families who wish to understand their situation better and as a first step in helping resolve difficulties that are a source of stress and unhappiness.  The books can also be used while you are on a waiting list to be seen by a professional or as an additional aid while working with a professional.

The use of books for healing purposes is known as Bibliotherapy. The effectiveness of Bibliotherapy has been well established in clinical trials and has been recommended by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) UK as a useful start in treating mild and moderate depression, anxiety and panic and other mental health problems.

Fingal County Libraries with the assistance of the HSE, have produced two reading lists of recommended self-help books. Most of the books chosen are written by leading psychologists with clinical expertise.

The first list includes books suitable for adults on the common psychological problems that people experience, including depression, anxiety, relationship problems, eating difficulties, stress and low self-esteem. View our recommended Adult Reading List by clicking on this link.

The second list is suitable for children and families and includes books on the common psychological problems that family’s experience, including adolescent, adoption, bullying, parenting and bereavement. View our recommended Family and Children Reading List by clicking on this link.

You can borrow any of the books free of charge from your local Fingal library. Our library staff will ensure absolute confidentiality and if the book is on loan, you can reserve it and we can contact you when the book is available. Alternatively, you can search and reserve for the book in the comfort of your own home by using the Fingal Online Library Catalogue.

Visit http://www.yourmentalhealth.ie/ to read more about Mental Health problems and solutions.

By Úna Smyth, Fingal Libraries