Read Your Mind: Helping Young People to Support Their Mental Health
“One of the most important things that the library offers is a free, openly accessible place for all of our citizens, young and not so young. It is one of the only public spaces left where you don’t need to buy anything or have a reason for being here’. “It’s a place to study and […]
“One of the most important things that the library offers is a free, openly accessible place for all of our citizens, young and not so young. It is one of the only public spaces left where you don’t need to buy anything or have a reason for being here’.
“It’s a place to study and to access information but equally it can be a place for quiet or a place to meet people and talk and I hope that you all feel welcome in all of our libraries.”
These were the words of Senior Executive Librarian Lilian Whelan, as she spoke at the launch of a collaborative project between Fingal Libraries, Jigsaw Dublin 15 and Jigsaw North Fingal.
‘Read Your Mind’ consists of over 113 Jigsaw-recommended books over a variety of mental health-related topics, such as; anger, anxiety, autism, creativity, social media, families, low mood, and much more. They are all compiled into a handy catalogue, which divides the books into their relevant topics and also gives some information on each item. As well as being available in all of the Fingal Libraries, copies of the full catalogue are available through Jigsaw Dublin 15, Jigsaw North Fingal, and Fingal Libraries, as well as from post primary schools, primary health care providers and youth and community groups in the local area.
“It’s a great launch, and it’s a great thing to have,” enthused Fingal Mayor, Cllr Mary McCamley, as she helped to launch the project. “We know when there’s something wrong with our bodies, but we don’t always know what’s wrong with our minds.”
Speaking openly about her own mental health experiences, Cllr McCamley told the audience gathered that; “It’s okay to say ‘I’m not happy, I don’t feel too well today’. It’s good to be able to talk about it. Don’t be afraid to discuss it.”
Aoife Connolly, Youth and Engagement Worker with Jigsaw North Fingal, shared some background information about the organisation and the ‘Read Your Mind’ project, while CEO of Jigsaw, Dr Joseph Duffy, spoke about Jigsaw’s many community initiatives, before sharing his believe that “this community here will be strengthened,” by the ‘Read Your Mind’ project.The morning was rounded off with some beautiful music from local musician Emma Gredley, while staff from both Jigsaw and Fingal Libraries offered further information and advice on their services.
The full collection of ‘Read Your Mind’ books are now available to borrow from all Fingal Libraries. Call in and explore the ‘Read Your Mind’ Catalogue which provides book suggestions across various topics.
To find out more about the project or to request a copy of the catalogue, please contact Jigsaw Dublin 15 on 01 890 5810 or [email protected]
By Aoife Carberry, Fingal County Libraries
In the photo above, from left to right: Aoife Connolly (Jigsaw), David Kavanagh (Jigsaw), Aoife Clerkin (Jigsaw), Dr Joseph Duffy (Jigsaw , CEO), Fingal Lord Mayor, Mary McCamley, Lillian Whelan (Fingal Libraries – Sen. Executive Librarian), Betty Boardman (Fingal Libraries – County Librarian), David Creed (Jigsaw) and Elizabeth McAleer (Fingal Libraries – Sen. Librarian)
Photo by: Conor Healy