Words, art and music for World Mental Health Day at library

This story was published 27 September 2019

Scarborough library will mark World Mental Health Day with a book launch, art exhibition and music on Thursday, 10 October.

cover of Ruby and the Rainbow

The book is Ruby and the Rainbow by Elizabeth Seetal, who spent most of her childhood in care in the notorious Lambeth Children’s Home. The book is a reflection of this and how she and children in a similar position cope with bullying, abuse and grief and their emotional response to colours. A portion of the proceeds from the book are being donated to the Rainbow Centre in Scarborough. The launch will run from 2pm to 3pm.

On the same day, the library will host an exhibition by artist Alex Horswood. Despite having serious mental health issues, Alex has turned her life around from spending almost a year homeless and living on the streets in Leeds to owning her own home and being commissioned to exhibit her work at a London gallery.

Music and refreshments will be provided during the opening of the exhibition and book launch in the Create IT Room from 2pm onwards. Scarborough Survivors Mental Health Resource Centre will also be on hand with information.

North Yorkshire County Councillor Greg White, Executive Member for Libraries, said: “World Mental Health Day is about mental health education and awareness on a global scale. The events at Scarborough library will highlight inspiring stories and showcase some of the support available. Visitors will also be able to learn about the resources available at libraries, such as the Reading Well Books on Prescription scheme, which helps people to manage their health and wellbeing through recommended self-help books available through the library.”

All events on the day are free.