mental health awareness week

Somerset Libraries is marking Mental Health Awareness Week (18–24 May) by providing a wide range of helpful videos, resources and activities.

This year’s theme from the Mental Health Foundation is ‘kindness’ in celebration of the amazing demonstrations of kindness we have seen in our communities during the Coronavirus pandemic.

There will be guides throughout the week to keeping mentally healthy, book recommendations, tips on activities to maintain and improve your wellbeing and suggestions for how you too can share the kindness.

Councillor David Hall, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet member with responsibility for libraries, pictured below, says: “It is vital that everyone views their mental health with the same importance as their physical health, particularly in these times.”

Councillor David Hall,

“Mental Health Awareness Week will be filled with wonderful virtual resources from our Libraries, and I urge everyone to take part.”

Library members can download books, audiobooks and magazines free of charge – including health and wellbeing titles or for general reading for relaxation and escape. Just visit for more information. Visit Somerset Libraries on social media this week to take part or visit

Anyone not yet a member can also still join online via this website and support and information is available by calling 0300 123 2224 or by emailing

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