HUNGERFORD Bookshop is organizing a series of events focused on mental health and well-being in association with the Hungerford Hub, writes Emma Cole.
The Well Read Mind free event series runs from late May through July and includes online and in-person discussions by authors with spin-off workshops.
The event kicks off on May 27 with a talk by author Sue Stuart-Smith on her Sunday Times bestseller The spirit well gardened, which explains how gardening can reduce stress levels, and will be accompanied by a soil drawing workshop with garden designer Emma Binns.
Bookstore co-owner Emma Milne-White said: âWe realized that, especially in the aftermath of the pandemic, it would be good to have a season of events on how we can make positive changes to affect our mental and physical health.
âBooks were very important during the pandemic because when we couldn’t go anywhere you could still sit in your chair and visit different places in the world.
“Books are a huge source of comfort and escape.”
Andrea Hodgkin, Head of Hungerford Hub, added: âWe are really excited about this project, which we believe will truly benefit our wonderful community after what can only be described as a very difficult year.
âWe encourage anyone interested in learning more about the changes we can make to improve our mental health and well-being to register for some of these free and inspiring events. “
The lecture series will also include Caroline Williams discussing her book Move! The science of the body over the mind on June 22, which examines how physical form can affect the mental form of people and Dr. Stuart Farrimond, author of The science of life, sharing her tips on how to get a better night’s sleep, which will be followed by a session of sleep-inducing yoga.
To book, visit the Hungerford Bookstore or Hungerford Hub website.
You can find more help and advice from the following organizations:
It’s time to talk: www.t2twb.org or call (01635) 760331. You can also find help and advice on the association’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages (all @ t2twb) or by sending an email to [email protected]
You can visit recoveryinmind.org and find a number of resources to help you take care of your mental health.
Talk therapy – www.talkingtherapies.berkshirehealthcare.nhs.uk – call 0300 365 2000
Mental Health Crisis Team – call if you need urgent help, but it’s not an emergency 0300 365 0300 or 0300 365 9999
Sane Line – www.sane.org.uk – call 0300 304 7000
Child line: www.childline.org.uk – 0800 1111
Disturbs: www.mind.org.uk – 0300 123 3393 or text 86463