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Think digitally about mental health


The Innovation Lab at Coleford Library is proud to be supporting World Mental Health Day 2019, by inviting people of all ages to think digitally about mental health.


Digital technology can often be daunting, particularly for those who lack confidence, or who are living with anxiety or other mental health issues. The Innovation Lab is passionate about helping to break down these barriers, empowering individuals to have fun with technology and to explore how it can be used for relaxation and therapy.

On Thursday 10 October, between 12pm and 4.30pm, Coleford Library and the Innovation Lab will be offering a range of activities known to be therapeutic, with a digital twist. The event coincides with Libraries Week, which runs from 7 to 12 October.

Come along to ‘colour yourself calm’, experience the tranquillity of a virtual world or listen to a soothing audio book. You can also help to create a weighted patchwork quilt on our digital sewing machine, take part in a shared reading group (between 2 and 3pm), or relax by getting creative with Lego.

Deb Harris, Library Innovation Lab Manager, said: “When it comes to mental health there isn’t a one fits all solution and we want to encourage people to come with an open mind and try something new. Technology doesn’t have to be stressful.”

Cllr Dave Norman, Gloucestershire County Council’s cabinet member for libraries, said: “As World Mental Health Day falls within Libraries Week celebrating libraries in a digital world, it is great to see Gloucestershire Libraries embracing this innovative approach to mindfulness and wellbeing.”

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