World Health Day


Buckinghamshire Libraries are proud to be supporting WHO World Health Day on Friday 7th April.

This year the theme for World Health Day is Depression.

#LetsTalk - support the campaign on social media


Libraries are a great place to find resources to help and guide you through dark times or learn how to support those closest to you.  

Buckinghamshire Libraries provide 'self-help' books called Reading Well Books on Prescription which are full of strategies to help you and your friends and family cope with difficult times and issues.

The books in this collection are free to reserve both online and in any Buckinghamshire Library. You can also collect your reservations from any Buckinghamshire Library. The books can be borrowed for 3 weeks and renewed up to a maximum of four renewals, unless reserved by another customer.

Reading Well for young people provides quality assured information and advice to help young people understand and manage their mental health. The scheme promotes emotional resilience and aims to reduce stigma around mental health issues.

The collection is a mix of fiction and non-fiction created for young people by young people.


We will also be running some special events to support World Health Day on Friday 7th April.

Join us at:

Aylesbury Library 10am -2pm

If you are supporting someone going through difficult times, or are in a difficult health situation yourself, come down to Aylesbury Library for an informal chat with local support groups including:

Men in Sheds - A 'Shed' is a place where men and women, can come along and take part in craft based activities similar to those they would do at home or in their own garden shed but with the bonus of other like-minded people providing good company. 

Aylesbury SPACE - Everyone goes through difficult times once in a while. You may feel alone and isolated. These times can be difficult and even traumatic, but organizations like SPACE can offer you support. We support people who are going through relationship difficulties, depression, bereavement, unemployment, mental health problems, loneliness, or any combination of these issues.

Live Well, Stay Well - Live Well Stay Well is a free healthy lifestyle referral hub. We provide free information and practical support to help residents of Buckinghamshire to get healthier. There is no secret, no tricks, no fad diets and we are not suggesting you run a marathon. Live Well Stay Well is about making long lasting and sustainable changes to develop a healthier, happier you; putting your health in your hands.

MEND - The MEND programmes (Mind, Exercise, Nutrition Do it!) is for children and their families aged 7 to 13 who are above a healthy weight. Sessions include activities on nutrition, behaviour change and exercise and aim to get children fitter, healthier and happier. MEND 7 to 13 is a family programme, developed by experts. Parents and carers join their children in each session to learn about how to choose healthier foods and spend more time being active.

EYEH Pandas - A drop-in for anyone who is experiencing pre or post natal depression or other birth related mental health illnesses. Other family members and carers are also welcome.

Healthy Minds Bucks - Healthy Minds is a NHS service offering quick and easy access to talking therapies, practical support and employment advice. Anyone who is feeling depressed, anxious or stressed, is aged 18 or over and has a GP in Buckinghamshire can request help from Healthy Minds.


We'll have some colouring for adults, believed to help relieve stress levels, and refreshments to keep everyone's blood sugar at the right levels!  

We're hoping to round the event off with a 10 minute walk around Aylesbury - make today the first day on your journey to better health and well-being.

Buckingham Library 10am - 1pm

Drop into Buckingham Library to learn how to use one of our community's Automated External Defibrillators. We are also offering a free Armchair Exercises taster session - get for keeping active. There will also be the opportunity to chat to representatives of local services. Free refreshments will be available.




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