Mind Jersey have worked in partnership with Jersey Library to bring the public access to a range of books on mental health. The scheme, which is supported by Societe Generale Private Banking Hambros, ensures that the Jersey public has access to credible, useful books on a range of mental health issues and conditions. The initiative gives special consideration to carers and families who support someone living with a mental illness.
Mind Jersey have shortlisted the catalogue of ten books based on the charity’s experience in the mental health field and through consultations with other mental health professionals, its carer support group and third sector agencies on the Island. The library scheme will provide access to information on common and enduring mental health illnesses without the obstacle of cost-of-purchase to the reader.
The Jersey community is invited to contact Mind Jersey with any other book suggestions they would find useful. GPs and other agencies on the Island will be able to refer people to the Library and additional copies of each book will be kept on reserve for referrals. The books are available for borrowing from Jersey Library now and are suitable for those experiencing mental illness, their families, friends, carers and work colleagues.
James Le Feuvre, Executive Director, at Mind Jersey, said: “We are thrilled to be able to offer the Jersey public access to readily available, credible books covering a range of mental health conditions. Jersey Library has been instrumental in getting this initiative off the ground and we are also thankful to Societe Generale Private Banking Hambros for sponsoring the scheme. We believe no one should experience a mental health problem alone and we hope this resource increases support for Islanders affected by mental ill health and its impacts.”