Monday 10 October, 2016, Canberra: They are tried and true books which the readers have chosen because they make the reader feel good about life.
The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) has today revealed the results of a two-month search for mood-boosting titles on World Mental Health Day.
A list of 252 books has been produced from 320 respondents following a call to ALIA Members for the books into which you can escape to lift your mood.
This list will be used to support the Books on Prescription program, which is being trialled in libraries in Central and Far Western New South Wales.
Jan Richards, Chair of ALIA’s Australian Public Library Alliance, said: ''We know from overseas studies that libraries can work very successfully with mental health professionals. Self-help books have been found to be useful and there are also uplifting novels, biographies and other books that can have a very positive impact. This list has helped us identify the ideas and stories that make people feel better, so we can share these with others who suffer from depression."
"There were 152 fiction and 100 non-fiction and the suggestions were far reaching across many genres. From the feel-good 44 Scotland Street series and No1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith to classic Australia tales of struggle such as A Fortunate Life and My Brilliant Career, it just goes to show that different stories inspire different people to feel positive."
"Others suggested self-help books 'Change Your Thinking', 'Chicken Soup for the Soul' and 'Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway' as well as escaping to other countries in 'No Baggage: A Tale of Love and Wandering' and 'Driving Over Lemons: An Optimist in Spain' (Lemon series)."
"Others wanted to share biographies of authors who have written about what it feels like to have depression, to be judged or deal with disease such as 'Wild', 'Ugly' and 'Breakfast, School Run and Chemo."
"The comforting power animals was not forgotten with 'All Creatures Great and Small', 'Penguin Bloom, the odd little bird who saved a family', 'A Street Cat Named Bob' and 'An Eagle Named Freedom."
"Children's books were also thoughtfully included such as the Harry Potter series, 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland', 'Anne of Green Gables' and 'Half Pint'."
View the ABC News article here.
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