World Book Night 2018 highlighted the link between reading and mental health. 1 in 4 people in the UK experience a mental health problem each year, and The Reading Agency’s research as part of our Reading Well programme shows that reading can increase empathy, improve relationships with others and reduce the symptoms of depression.
World Book Night at Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust handed out copies of The Woman in Black by Susan Hill to patients of all ages.
The Trust held a book giveaway called ‘And relax…!’, handing out treat packs with biscuits, hot chocolate and, of course, the book to patients on the wards, and the visitors at their bedsides. The Trust also provided reading aids for patients with dyslexia and sight issues, including coloured sheets and magnifying glasses, and staff read the book aloud to patients who had difficulties with concentration and reading.
The patients loved the event, and took the initiative to further engage with the book after World Book Night. They organised their own book club to discuss it, opening up discussions between patients, staff and carers. Many staff and carers also got the book for themselves, giving everyone something to talk about together.
Christa Roberts, organiser of World Book Night in the Trust said:
“It was amazing, I enjoyed every minute of our World Book Night giveaway. The patients and other staff were so supportive and excited to be taking part and receiving the books. The majority of patients were surprised that the book was for them and they could take it home, and one patient cried saying ‘I’ve never been given a book before.’ They’ve already asked if we are taking part again next year!”
Your World Book Night
World Book Night events are about bringing people together, finding something in common and opening up new opportunities and possibilities for people. When you’re planning your event, think about what will be most appropriate for the people you’ll be working with and what will make it a special, memorable event. Make sure to check out our resources to help you decorate and the activity toolkit for event ideas.