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Nottingham Mental Health Awareness Weeks

Monday 11 to Friday 22 October 2021

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Nottingham Mental Health Awareness Weeks in Libraries

Started in 1992 by a small group of service users and carers, through much support of many individuals and organizations, MHAW has grown to cover not one week but two!

The events this year are not commissioned according to any particular theme, but are compiled of contributions from the community to reflect the diversity of approaches to mental health and wellbeing for your own selfcare.

To take a look at the organisation and view more events, feel free to visit the MHAW website here!

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Liverary events in the library

This year we will be having live poetry performances in a select few of our libraries! 

With fantastic poets showcasing their work, with a few spit bars and some fantastic graffiti art being done live and on display, they are looking to tackle some hard hitting subjects, with mental health, racism and identity as well as what black culture itself actually means.

Liverary events are completely free. Simply show up to to an event as a viewer or maybe even to showcase some of your own talent to likeminded people.

Here’s the list of what’s happening in October and where:

  • Bulwell Riverside Library “Mental Health” Monday 11 October, 5pm to 7.30pm
    Hyson Green Library “Racism and Identity” Monday 18 October, 5pm to 7.30pm
    The Meadows Library “What does Black culture mean?” Monday 25 October, 5pm to 7.30pm
    St Ann’s Valley Library “Windrush”, Thursday 28 October, 5pm to 7.30pm

Events run in conjuction with Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A Hip Hop business promoting live events, releasing music, and bringing the realness back to the culture.

Want to see Liverary events from the past?  Click here to see their last hosted event on YouTube in our very own Central Library, focused on the theme of truth.

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Special Storytime with Stacey

Get the whole family together for some quality time listening to Stacey read ‘Be Kind’ by Pat Zietlow Miller, (Published MacMillan Children’s books)

“Each act, big or small, can make a difference – or at least help a friend. What does it mean to be kind? When Tanisha spills grape juice all over her new dress, her classmate contemplates how to make her feel better and what it means to be kind …”

Listen live at 6pm on Friday the 15 October on our Nottingham Libraries Facebook page.

Business Club

Business and IP Centre Nottinghamshire Business Club

Business Club this month will focus on Mental Health, Wellbeing and Resilience and what that means for entrepreneurs and small business owners. The event is free and live on Zoom, Wednesday 20 October 1pm to 2pm, book your place here securely on Eventbrite.

This session will be facilitated by Smorgasbord, a collective of business specialists who address issues, improve results, and kickstart growth; providing a range of tools, backed by expert and experienced advice enabling you to take precise action quickly and cheaply. Business Club brings entrepreneurs and small businesses together every month to connect, get advice, share good ideas and good practice. Find out more about the Business and IP Centre Nottinghamshire.

Reading a feel good read by the fire

Share your feel good reads #NMHAWReads

We could all do with a boost at this time of year when the evenings draw in and autumn takes hold.

We’d love to hear what your ‘comfort reads’ are – share your favourite literary pick-me-up by tweeting using the hashtag #NMHAWReads or filling in our very short online form and we’ll compile a list of the top recommendations at the end of the fortnight!

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Books and Resources

Nottingham Cty Libraries have a vast array of resources, including books that are recommended by health experts and cover a wide array of conditions and topics. To find out more visit our health and wellbeing page.

We have also partnered up with Reading Well in an effort to help support people and help them manage and understand their health and wellbeing by providing helpful reading.

Looking for something in particular? Then go ahead and search our online catalogue for whatever you need!

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Meet Lydia!

Earlier in the year we had a nature themed mindfulness mental health help session with the fantastic Lydia Weston. With it still being so relevant now, considering us all being able to step out into the outdoors once again, we felt it good to highlight her fantastic work once more.

Mindfulness

Expanding your own mindfulness is a proven way to help you better connect with your surroundings as well as what you are feeling within yourself. It relaxes the mind and body, and can help significantly reduce stress and worry, effectively helping stave off anxiety, unhappiness and depression. Join Lydia as she hosts a nature themed mindfulness session in the video below.

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