South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, which provides mental health and learning disability services to people in Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield, is supporting World Book Night and giving away books to local people who use mental health services.
World Book Night aims to give away 1,000,000 books on Saturday 5 March and has recruited the help of 20,000 book givers to do this. One of these is Dr Adrienne Crockett, a consultant at the Trust, who works with people in Kirklees experiencing mental health issues.
Dr Crockett applied to be involved with this project so she could encourage others to experience the benefits of reading and has teamed up with Recovery through reading, a group run by services at the Trust in partnership with Wakefield library service to do this. The group uses reading as an activity for people with a range of mental health problems to encourage them to build their knowledge and understanding, bring people together and give them the confidence to talk about their thoughts and feelings.
Dr Crockett said, "I love reading and really enjoy discovering a new book that intrigues me or captures my imagination. I wanted to share my passion for reading and when I heard about World Book Night I thought this would be a great way to do it. On Saturday over 1,000,000 books will be shared and I am thrilled that I can make the Trust, and those who use our services, part of this."
You can find out more information about World Book Night at www.worldbooknight.org.