Individuals whose lives have been affected by mental health issues are being invited to take part in the Human Libraries project, organised by Suffolk Libraries.
This concept is quite new in the UK but is an excellent way to create understanding surrounding a range of sensitive issues, including mental health, alcohol awareness, drug awareness and contraception.
At each event, individuals share their stories in front of a group for up to twenty five minutes, which includes time for responding to questions from the attendees. Stories are always shared in a group setting, rather than on a one-to-one basis. And health experts are also invited to take part as living books, so that local communities can benefit from their knowledge and experience.
The aim is for the information shared to benefit others in similar situations or people who want to learn something new.
If you would like to get involved in an upcoming Human Library event, please contact: David Grimmer, Mental Health & Wellbeing Information Service Coordinator for Suffolk Libraries, on 01473 264014
Anyone who is interested in hosting a Human Library event in a community or education setting can find out more about the concept at: www.human-library.org