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Stress
Mental Health Issues
Drug and Alcohol Issues
Reading for Leisure
Using computers in libraries
Relax in the library
Think local
Family history
Multimedia materials in the library
Leisure

Stress

Your local GP surgery can offer support and advice, recommend treatments such as talking therapy or counselling. Please visit their website at: www.nhs.uk

The Samaritans offer confidential and emotional support to those experiencing personal crises, and help with managing stress. Please visit their website at: www.samaritans.org

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Mental Health Issues

Mental health problems can affect anyone, rich or poor, young or old, shattering the lives of those affected and the lives of the people close to them. One in four of us will experience a mental health problem at some point in our lives.

Help is available throughout Nottinghamshire:

Framework is a charitable organisation providing housing, support, training, care and resettlement services - opening doors to thousands of homeless and vulnerable people throughout Nottinghamshire. Contact tel: 0115 8417711 in Nottingham, tel: 01636 650661 in Newark and tel: 01909 530829 in Worksop. Website: www.frameworkha.org

Rethink is a voluntary organisation who will work and support anyone with mental health issues. Contact tel: 0845 4560455 for advice on service and location of offices. Website: www.rethink.org

Mind works with anyone with mental health issues to support individuals to address any needs or barriers. Contact tel: 0845 7660163. www.mind.org.uk

Nottinghamshire Libraries offer a range of books to help with all aspects of mental health. For advice please ask at your local library.

The current directory of Nottingham and District Self-Help Support Groups is held in some Nottinghamshire Libraries. Please ask at your local library about its availability.

Try our Community Directory - a searchable database of local societies and organisations, including local support groups.

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Drug and Alcohol Issues

DAAT (Drug and Alcohol Action Team): This organisation seeks to break the harm done to society by the problematic use of drugs and alcohol. Commissioning drug treatment services throughout Nottinghamshire and coordinating local services. Contact on tel: 01623 414114 ext 6918.

ADEPT is a counselling service for people with substance misuse problems. It specialises in supporting people with alcohol problems and is led by ex service users, tel: 01623 427391.

Progress to Work  A service for individuals recovering from misusing drugs. They offer extra support for those looking into work / training or with issues such as housing / debt etc. The service can be used even if people are not on benefits. Contact: Working Links tel: 0800 9520222 Please visit their website at: www.workinglinks.co.uk

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Reading for Leisure

Nottinghamshire Libraries offer a choice of reading: fiction and information to inspire all ages and interests. Libraries also have audiobooks and books in large print, all free to borrow and enjoy at your leisure. Find a library near you.

The friendly staff in libraries offer you advice and recommendations about reads which you might enjoy, and will inspire you to try out books you never knew you’ll like! Just ask the staff in libraries.

To find out more about yourself as a reader and how you could explore exciting new directions, please also visit the reading links page on this website.

If you enjoy reading and want to meet new people, find out about joining a reading group at a library nearby. If you and your friends wish to set up your own reading group, please ask at your local library. Nottinghamshire Libraries offer free support and advice for setting up and running new reading groups.

Informal discussion about great reads happens regularly in Nottinghamshire Libraries where Reading Cafés are held. To find out where the nearest Reading Café takes place in your area, ask at your local library.

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Using computers in libraries

Nottinghamshire Libraries offer free use of PCs for up to three hours per day. All their PCs give access to the internet and are connected to printers.

The library subscribes to a number of valuable online reference websites of encyclopaedias and dictionaries, which offer up the most up to date information to a click of your mouse.

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Relax in the library

with a cup of coffee and leaf through the library’s selection of up to date newspapers and magazines. Find out which libraries in your area have coffee corners by checking out libraries near you.

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Think local

Read about the local history and get a better sense of place. Local studies collections in libraries can help you to feel rooted in your local community through learning about the generations and buildings that helped to make the place where you live the place it is today. Find your local library.

Please visit the Nottinghamshire Libraries’ local studies pages for more details.

Local history events

Many libraries run local studies events, such as talks, workshops or themed coffee mornings. Look out for these at your local library.

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Family history

If you want to go further back in time, libraries can help you to trace your ancestors. All Nottinghamshire libraries subscribe to Ancestry.com, which gives free access to the census records from 1841-1901, and includes several other useful databases. Larger libraries will also have local parish registers and some newspapers on film or fiche which could be of use in your quest if your ancestors lived in the county. You can access Ancestry.com from any Nottinghamshire library.

Some libraries run occasional Try IT sessions explaining how the Ancestry database works. Contact your local library to find out more.

Old newspapers and photograph collections are kept in libraries. Search here to find out what newspapers have been published in the East Midlands and in which libraries they have been preserved for you to read: http://newsplan.liem.org.uk

A searchable database of digitised local photographs is available from here: www.picturethepast.org.uk

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Multimedia materials in the library

Nottinghamshire Libraries offer a range of other materials such as DVDs suitable for all ages and CDs to help you enjoy your leisure time. These are available at all libraries and can be rented for £1 per week.

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Leisure

Find out about leisure opportunities around Nottinghamshire.

Nottinghamshire Libraries have information leaflets with recommended sightseeing walks in your area. Ask at your local library about walks and places of interest nearby. Find a library near you.

If you are interested in finding out what groups with a social or hobby focus are local to you, try Pinpoint: a searchable database of local societies and organisations: www.pin-point.org.uk

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