Health and wellbeing

It is not always easy to know who to turn to or where to go for reliable information about matters medical. If you have been diagnosed with a condition and are looking for support or to research it further our health and wellbeing pages are the perfect place to start. You will be able to find out about the range of resources available in your library to assist you, along with links to websites that you can trust.
 

Our pages should not be seen as a replacement for seeking medical assistance when you require it. In Grampian there are a range of services available to help you get the right medical assistance when you are ill, injured or living with a long term condition. Visit Know Who To Turn To to find out more on the range of services available and how to access them.


We host workshops and talks on a variety of health and wellbeing topics throughout the year. You can see details of these on the Library Events page. We work with a range of partners and welcome suggestions for events.


Community health news

Join the 6 minute reading challenge #ACL6mins

From World Book Night (23 April) to the end of May, Aberdeen City Libraries are challenging everyone to read for just 6 minutes every day in a bid to boost mental health and wellbeing. 

Reading for pleasure has been found to have many health benefits, with some research claiming that reading something you enjoy for just 6 minutes can reduce stress levels by up to two thirds.

Don’t be fooled into thinking this challenge is just about reading books either. You can read whatever you like: newspapers, magazines and graphic novels all count. What is important is to make sure you enjoy what you are reading.

And if you’re not sure what to read - the library has a team of staff who can provide suggestions based on your individual reading preferences and needs via email [mail to link: healthinfo@aberdeencity.gov.uk]. There will also be regular tips and suggestions on the libraries’ social media channels for all to see.  

Anyone can join in whether you read regularly or not. As part of the challenge you can choose to send in evidence at the end or interact with the Libraries on social media throughout the challenge using the hashtag #ACL6mins to receive a certificate and be entered into our prize draw. 

SHMUfm health show

The NHS Grampian Health Show on SHMUfm brings you information on a wide range of health issues and local support available in & around Aberdeen every Thursday at 9am. You can expect features like 'NHS in the News', information about national and local campaigns, as well as a different guest talking about a different health topic every week. Follow them on Facebook to see who's going on the show and to find links to previous interviews - you might even come across one with our very own Information Librarian.

NHS news

NHS News is a quarterly newsletter sharing information about health services and initiatives in the community that are about helping you to be healthier. All editions are available online via their website.

Falls prevention resources   

Falls are not an inevitable part of growing older, many can be prevented! If you have had a fall – even if you don't think you have hurt yourself – you should take a visit to see your GP. If you've stopped doing things in fear of falling again, there are many things that can be done to prevent this. For example:

  • Using a walking aid or getting a different one.
  • Improving your strength and balance by joining an exercise class, remaining active.
  • And most importantly, seeking medical advice!

You'll find a dedicated collection of information resources to support falls prevention at Kincorth Library. The following online applications have also been recommended:

Falls Assistant

Fall Check

Contact

Information Centre
Central Library
Rosemount Viaduct
Aberdeen, AB25 1GW.
01224 652511
healthinfo@aberdeencity.gov.uk

Fax. 01224 624118

Opening hours

Monday and Wednesday 9am to 8pm

Tuesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday 9am to 5pm 


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