Hastings Library is loaning out ‘Wellbeing Boxes’ to encourage people to “take ownership of their own health”.

Each container includes a pedometer; stress balls; a mindfulness colouring book; healthy eating games (‘top trumps’ and ‘eat well bingo’); mental, physical and sexual health guides; and a journal to record individual progress.  

PICTURE: Dave Young

The ‘Family and Activity Wellbeing Box’ has activities and information for parents/carers of children aged 0–11, designed to include the whole family. ‘Teen Wellbeing Bags’ are suitable for 11–18 year olds, with a focus on physical, emotional and mental health. They can be borrowed by individuals or by organisations for group work.

Easily portable, the boxes may be borrowed free by library members for up to three weeks. The innovative concept is based on the NHS five steps to mental wellbeing: connect; be active; take notice; keep learning; give to others. 

In addition Hastings, along
with other East Sussex County Council (ESCC) libraries, has a
range of ‘Reading Well’ books
to support physical and mental wellbeing. There’s also a selection of ‘mood boosting’ books, recommended by readers who
have suggested uplifting novels, poetry and non-fiction titles. All
the books have been approved
by health professionals and cover a wide range of topics including depression, anxiety and OCD.

A collection of ‘Shelf Help’ books is aimed at 13–18 year olds, with 35 titles over 12 topics, including anxiety, depression and life experiences such as bullying. 

ESCC also hosts regular events in libraries to encourage wellbeing, including creative writing workshops, yoga, and free health checks with the NHS. 

n Sign up in your local branch
or at www.eastsussex.gov.uk

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