20 May 2018 Posted By : Hans Christian Andersen

Library has many options for a mental health break

Mental health is an important part of everyone's well-being. May 7-13 was Mental Health Week in Canada. Having a healthy balanced lifestyle includes both physical and mental health. There are a number of ways to keep your mental health and physical health balanced. Being in and around nature is one way to help your mental health. Your friendly neighbourhood library can help with achieving balance and a happier and healthier lifestyle.  

From your backyard to the trail system in Camrose there is an extensive array of natural objects to photograph, paint, or draw. The library can lend books on photography, painting, or drawing for beginners and experts alike. Another way to relieve stress and improve mental health is gardening. The library offers a wide range of gardening and homesteading books. From identifying birds, bugs, mammals, trees, to hiking, canoeing there isn't enough room to list all of the amazing books that can be borrowed.  

The nonfiction section of the library is chock-full of a multitude of books to interest every possible curiosity imaginable. Whether you are just beginning a hobby, are merely curious, or have had a lifelong passion or pastime, the library will have a book for you. If the library does not have the book, it can be ordered through the Parkland Regional Library system or through the Alberta Interlibrary loan system.  

You will find an arrangement of interesting items in the library that are available to borrow.  

Head outside and reap the benefits of a mental health break. Take out the binoculars or the bird watching kit to look at the variety of birds, waterfowl, deer, beaver etc. at a safe distance when you are at the lake or along the trail system. Take the kite out on a windy day. Get some extra aerobic activity by using the walking poles. Snap the pedometer on and head outside for an energizing walk or run. Borrow the Thule Urban Glide baby stroller with your toddler or baby so you both get outside for some fresh air. Get together with some friends and play giant Jenga, giant Connect Four, or Bocce Ball. These items can be borrowed the same way you normally borrow a book and can be searched for in the catalogue under Realia. Many of these items have been made possible due to generous donations from local groups like the Camrose Running Club and Robert Wayne Nelson memorial.  

If you are limited in mobility and still enjoy the wind in your hair and a lap around Mirror Lake, the Life Cycle, will soon be running for the summer months. The Life Cycle is a trishaw which allows seniors to sit on a comfortable seat in front of a bicycle while a trained pilot drives around. Build relationships, enjoy the community, and take pleasure in the outdoors while taking a ride on the Life Cycle. Perhaps you are able bodied, love to bicycle, enjoy meeting new people, and generously volunteering your time, please contact the Camrose Public Library if you are interested in volunteering to pilot the Life Cycle.  

Now that the warm weather has arrived, the Book Bike will also soon be out and about around Camrose. The Book Bike will be able to bring fiction, nonfiction, and activities outside the library. Watch for updates on the website and Facebook to find out where the Book Bike will bel. Contact Liana@prl.ab.ca 

If all else fails, select a book written by your favourite author, choose a peaceful spot in your backyard or a bench along the trail system, slather on some sunscreen, and benefit from some relaxing time reading outside and feeling well. 

For services in Camrose dedicated to mental health contact the Canadian Mental Health Association at 780-672-2370 at 4711 51 Avenue. The Camrose Addiction and Mental Health office provides assessment, treatment and consultation services. All services are free and confidential. Call 780-672-1181 to book an appointment or find a location nearest you. Other options include the Mental Health HELP LINE 1-877-303-2642, HealthLink Alberta 811, or visit albertahealthservices.ca/options. For life threatening emergencies, please call 911.


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