Reading in mind: Book Scheme for mental health

The Reading in Mind Book Scheme for mental health offers the community an additional resource for managing and treating mild to moderate mental health issues through providing recommended books on a range of mental health issues like anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and worry.

Reading in Mind was developed through a collaboration between Pegasus Health, Christchurch City Libraries and the Mental Health Education Resource Centre, and HealthInfo Canterbury/Waitaha. Find out more about Reading in Mind.

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Reading in Mind booklists

The following booklists contain the Reading in Mind content held at Christchurch City Libraries. You can see the booklists containing items held at MHERC and/or Christchurch City Libraries on the Reading in Mind website.

Find out more about Reading in Mind

What does Reading in Mind do?

Reading in Mind promotes the benefits of reading for mental health and wellbeing, through encouraging people to access books and other resources available at Christchurch City Libraries, and Mental Health Education Resource Centre. The scheme also supports people to better self-manage their health and well being.

Reading in Mind makes use of existing library and health service infrastructure, and promotes the services available at Christchurch City Libraries and MHERC.

Who is Reading in Mind for?

The scheme is available for people of all ages and backgrounds experiencing mild to moderate mental health issues. It is also for those that want to support family or friends experiencing mental health issues.

How does Reading in Mind work?

The scheme directs a person to Reading in Mind advertised on the promotional poster and on the take away card. The webpage includes information about the programme and links to the lists of recommended books. Following the links, one can view the book lists, book covers and read a summary of each book. A person can also see where each book is held—at the library, Mental Health Education Resource Centre or both.

Books can be accessed by visiting Christchurch City Libraries or Mental Health Education Resource Centre locations. As stated on the Reading in Mind webpage, Mental Health Education Resource Centre can post books and other resources to its users (including to rural areas), and includes a post-paid bag for returns. If the desired book is not available, a reserve can be put on the book or another book on the list may be available. A person must be a member of the respective library in order to borrow, or place a hold on a book. Once read, the book will need to be returned to the library.

Health care providers and librarians may guide those interested to the Reading in Mind webpage and help in the selection of a book. Readers may want to discuss the book they read with their health care provider.

Feedback on the books and the scheme is encouraged, and can be given by emailing the scheme’s manager at bookschememanager@pegasus.org.nz

How were the books on the Reading in Mind book lists selected?

Books on the Reading in Mind book lists were recommended by mental health professionals, mental health service providers, Christchurch-based mental health organisations, the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand, Christchurch City Libraries and Mental Health Education Resource Centre. The scheme is endorsed by health professionals, Christchurch City Libraries and Mental Health Education Resource Centre.

How will the book lists be updated and kept current?

The book lists will be reviewed by the working group and updated annually by the scheme manager to ensure newly recommended books are included. Feedback on the books from readers, health professionals and librarians, will also be considered in the annual review of the book list. The mental health areas covered will also be reviewed and updated, as necessary.

How is Reading in Mind being promoted?

Reading in Mind is being promoted by the Canterbury PHOs, Canterbury General Practices (including those members of Christchurch and Rural PHOs), Christchurch Hospitals, Christchurch City Libraries, some rural libraries in the Canterbury area, Mental Health Education Resource Centre, and by some other community-based health and support service providers.

Patients may be told about the scheme by their health care provider during a consultation or may ask their health care provider about the scheme during consultation, having seen the poster in the clinic waiting room or hospital. Others may learn of the scheme at their local library or Mental Health Education Resource Centre.

Who developed Reading in Mind?

A working group comprised of staff from Pegasus’ Population Health Team, two senior Christchurch librarians and Mental Health Education Resource Centre’s Centre Director and senior librarian developed the scheme.

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