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Health and wellbeing online resources

Book lists, websites, activities and other online resources that can help you maintain your health and wellbeing.

Read my mind

Read my mind is a library project, funded by Norfolk Public Health. The project aims to encourage men who suffer from depression, to take part in social reading activities. This is to help explore whether there is a link between reading and improving men’s mental health and well-being.

For the next stage of the project, we would like to work with partners in farming, engineering and manual labouring.

If you'd like to take part in Read my mind, you'll receive a free Matt Haig book, invites to online reading activities, such as workshops, shared reading and podcasts. There's also a quick questionnaire to fill out.

To find out more about Read my mind, or to take part, please email ‘Read my mind’ to libraries.iconnect@norfolk.gov.uk.

We have the following activities planned:

Thursday 24 September at 7pm – poetry workshop with Norfolk based poet James McDermott. The workshop will be delivered over Zoom. It will be a relaxed session, where you’ll learn some hints and tips to help you write poems about your experiences or anything else you choose to write about. To book a free place, please email ‘Read my mind’ to libraries.iconnect@norfolk.gov.uk and you’ll be sent a personal invite. If you’re new to Zoom, we’ll also help you set things up on your computer, tablet or smartphone.

Monday 28 September and Tuesday 29 September, 7 - 7.45pm - Be part of a Podcast. Join us for a relaxed chat about reading over Zoom. We’ll talk about books that you’ve read and if they’ve been of any benefit to you. We’re going to use some books written by the author Matt Haig as prompts but it’s not essential that you’ve read any specific books to attend. The audio during the sessions will be recorded to create a Podcast.

To book your Free place, please email ‘Read my mind’ to libraries.iconnect@norfolk.gov.uk and you’ll be sent a personal invite. If you’re new to Zoom, we’ll also help you set things up on your computer, tablet or smartphone.

Come Singing at Home

We’ve really missed our regular “Come Singing” sessions with Heather at The Millennium Library. If you are missing them too then you will be delighted that Heather has filmed “Come Singing” for us to share with you. It’s almost as good as seeing Heather and the Come Singing team in person but the best part is that you can watch the videos via YouTube whenever you like and as many times as you like. Plus we won’t run out of chairs or songbooks!
Watch the video on our YouTube channel

Music is a gift beyond words but for people living with dementia it can also be a vital lifeline to happiness – Heather Edwards

Reading Well

Reading Well supports you to understand and manage your health and wellbeing using helpful reading. The books provide information and support for managing common health conditions and dealing with difficult feelings and experiences.

There are currently 5 Reading Well lists for adults, young people and children. Many of the books are also available as eBooks and eAudio books.

Information about the lists is available on our Reading Well page.

Find out more about how Reading Well can be useful during this time on the Reading Well website.

Reading Well Mood-boosting books is a national promotion of uplifting titles, including novels, poetry and non-fiction. Find out more information on the Reading Agency website.

Healthy Libraries catalogue

Visit our Healthy Libraries Catalogue where you will find health and wellbeing themed eBook collections. In the discover more section, you'll find all 5 of the Reading Well booklists and a Mood-boosting booklist. All of these booklists contain eBook and eAudio titles which can be downloaded from the Library. 

Online Reminiscence Resources

Missing our library reminiscence kits?

Take a look at a video we've put together, which talks through useful online resources to keep you sharing memories. Watch the video on our YouTube channel.

Healthy Libraries Connect

Our Digital Health Hub helps people to find reliable health and wellbeing information online. We’re creating a series of videos, which include:

  • How to navigate health information online – using Learn My Way, the NHS website, NHS App and Norfolk Community Directory. This video demonstrates how to access reliable health information online, including how to register on Learn My Way. This episode highlights the course ‘improving your health online’ on Learn My Way, which covers some of the different ways the internet can support your health. Watch the video on our YouTube Channel
  • An introduction to finding mental health resources online. This video looks at mental health resources on websites such as NHS and MIND. Watch the video on our YouTube channel
  • How to find relevant and reliable information online about Adult sleep. Watch the video on our YouTube Channel
  • How to find relevant and reliable information online about Children's Sleep. Watch the video on our YouTube Channel
  • How to find relevant and reliable information on physical activity. Watch the video on our YouTube channel

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