An exhibition of students’ artwork will tour Lancashire libraries to highlight how reading can help to improve people’s mental health.
The artworks and animations are inspired by books from the Shelf Help selection of mood boosting and self-help books specific to young people’s mental health and wellbeing.
The exhibition is being launched to mark World Health Day on Sunday 7 April, promoted annually by the World Health Organisation (WHO) with the aim of ensuring that everyone can obtain the care they need at the time they need it in their local area.
Students from Lancaster and Morecambe College produced the artwork as part of the Think Positive project, which aims to tackle various issues regarding young people’s mental health and wellbeing.
The work will be on display for the first time at Morecambe Library from Friday 5 April until Saturday 4 May, before touring other libraries.
It will help to promote information on initiatives including ‘Reading for Health’, which provides helpful information and self-help techniques for managing common conditions, including anxiety and depression.
County Councillor Peter Buckley, Lancashire County Council’s cabinet member for community and cultural services, said: “I’m grateful to the young people who produced this artwork highlighting the issue of mental health and the information available in libraries that may be able to help.
“Supporting this national initiative is an effective way of delivering community-based help and support for people. I firmly believe that libraries have a significant and important role in providing health literacy and information to the public.”
Anyone who lives in the UK can join a Lancashire library, either online or by visiting in person. It’s free and there are no age restrictions.
For more information, go to libraries www.lancashire.gov.uk/libraries or call 0300 123 6703.