Healthy Ireland / Healthy Reading

Healthy Ireland / Healthy Reading

Healthy Ireland,a Government-led initiative, is the national strategy to improve health and wellbeing, placing a focus on prevention, individual awareness and keeping people healthy for longer.

The Healthy Ireland at Your Library programme will provide a range of resources, services and support to users and communities throughout Meath.  

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Book Stock

A comprehensive collection of books on health and wellbeing is available in all our branches. The topics covered are:

Healthy Eating | Mental Health | Alcohol | Tobacco | Physical Activity | Parenting | Books for Children and Young People | Positive Aging

Book List

Online Resources

New e-books, e-audiobooks and e-magazines are available to all our members in every library and online.  For more information on how you can avail of these services go to our Online Resources page.

Healthy Ireland eAudiobooks

Healthy Ireland eBooks on BorrowBox 

Health information services

Some of our staff has been trained to provide information guidance and direction to users with health and wellbeing queries and also to promote health awareness in the community. 

Programmes and events

Talks, discussions and workshops with a focus on physical health, mental health and health literacy will be taking place in our branches throughout the year.  Check our Library Events and Facebook pages for updates.

Meath Healthy Reading Scheme

The Meath Healthy Reading Scheme is a collaborative venture between the Health Services Executive (HSE) www.hse.ie, Meath Psychology Service and Meath County Council Library Service. The aim of the project is to promote mental health and wellbeing through recommending and making available high quality self-help books.

The subject areas covered by these books are Addiction, Anger, Anorexia, Anxiety, Assertiveness, Bereavement, Binge-Eating & Bulimia, Child Abuse (Adult Survivors, Child Sexual Abuse (Adult Survivors), Dementia, Depression, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Mood Swings, Obsessions & Compulsions, Panic, Postnatal Depression, Post Traumatic Stress, Psychotherapy. Relationship Problems, Schizophrenia, Self Esteem, Sexual Problems, Social Anxiety, Stress, Worry

The Meath scheme involves GPs and other health professionals, such as public health nurses, psychiatrists, social workers, psychologists and community mental health nurses, recommending specific books to their clients from a child and family booklist and an adult booklist.

The health professional simply completes the brief book recommendation form which clients can then bring to their local library to borrow or reserve the book, free of charge. These books can be also be reserved on our online catalogue.

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