March 29th 2018
Jigsaw Dublin 15 and Jigsaw North Fingal, in collaboration with Fingal Libraries have launched the Read Your Mind, Book Project for Fingal County.
Self-help books are now recognised as a vital source of support for people experiencing mental health difficulties. Read Your Mind is a catalogue which brings together an invaluable collection of over 113 books on a range of mental health related topics, that are available for free to young people, their parents, and friends at all libraries across Fingal County.
David Kavanagh the Project Manager of Jigsaw Dublin 15 said; “We know that 1 in 5 young people will experience mental health difficulties before the age of 25. Read Your Mind is yet another way through which Jigsaw, in collaboration with Fingal Libraries, are enabling our local community to support young people and their mental health”.
"Jigsaw and Fingal Libraries have already enjoyed working together,” explained Senior Executive Librarian, Lilian Whelan. “Jigsaw has delivered some very informative presentations and courses to our staff, and we look forward to working together on the Read Your Mind project to support the health and wellbeing of our young borrowers.”
The Read Your Mind catalogue will be available to help people find the right book for them; covering topics including anger, anxiety, autism, bullying, creativity, low mood, mindfulness, parenting and families, social media, and much more. Copies of the catalogue will be available through Jigsaw Dublin 15 and Jigsaw North Fingal, and also in all Fingal libraries, post primary schools, primary health care providers and youth and community groups in the local area.
It aims to encourage the use of reading material for therapeutic purposes, known as Bibliotherapy. The term applies to a wide range of reading materials and is used to denote any form of directed reading which may serve a therapeutic purpose. Self-help books have been used in this way for many years, and are now recognised as a useful support for people experiencing emotional and psychological difficulties.
The effectiveness of Bibliotherapy has been well documented in recent research, and it has been recommended by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) UK as an early intervention approach to mental health difficulties. The HSE have noted that bibliotherapy is an immediately accessible support that is inexpensive, where the emphasis is on individual’s active involvement and empowerment.