Re-launch of Reading in Mind for mental health and wellbeing

Pegasus’ Reading in Mind book scheme supports people across Canterbury to better manage their mental health by providing online lists of recommended books on a range of mental health and wellbeing topics. Reading in Mind is for people of all ages and backgrounds, and those looking to support family/whānau or friends who may be experiencing poor mental health.

The scheme began in 2016 as a collaboration between Pegasus Health, Christchurch City Libraries (CCLs) and Canterbury’s Mental Health Education Resource Centre (MHERC). The group used bibliotherapy programmes available in New Zealand and internationally as its base. The book scheme provided lists of books on mental health topics such as anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and worry. Books included were recommended by CCLs and MHERC librarians (who have a background in mental health) and Pegasus mental health professionals, as well as Christchurch-based mental health organisations and the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand. The scheme was endorsed by Pegasus, CCLs and MHERC. Reading in Mind’s initial website was hosted by HealthInfo.

In August this year, Reading in Mind moved to the Pegasus website and expanded its site to include a wider range of recommended books – including selections of books for children, young people and parents/caregivers of children and young people – and links directly to the CCLs and MHERC library catalogues. The new site also includes a ‘featured book of the month’, invites users to provide feedback on books and offers a promotional poster for download.

Sheree Menzies, MHERC Information Technology and Resource Librarian, says “Reading in Mind has enabled our clientele to easily select the resources best suited to their needs. It has assisted in building trust with service users because these books are well researched and reviewed, and it takes the confusion out of trying to search through multitudes of information. It also allows anonymity by people being able to access this initiative via the internet and the provision of our free postal and courier service. I can’t recommend Reading in Mind enough!”

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