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North Lincolnshire – April is Stress Awareness Month

April is Stress Awareness Month and the Talking Shop on Market Hill is encouraging Scunthorpe residents to call in and pick up a free book to help fight stress and improve their mental wellbeing.

Forty copies of Gemma Cairney’s book called Open: A Tool-kit for how magic and messed-up life can be, are up for grabs in the Talking Shop’s reception area for anyone who is interested in reading for good health.

Local people can also collect a book from the Health Bus which will be parked at Tesco on Gallagher Park in Scunthorpe on Friday April 27 between 10am to 2pm.

Kate Ashley, Team Manager for the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies service, said: “Every year during Stress Awareness Month we support World Book Night and receive 80 books to distribute locally.

“The theme this year is mental health. I hope that local people will take the opportunity to call in and take a book and experience just how good reading is for stress relief, relaxation and their mental health.”

World Book Night, which is held on April 23, is run by The Reading Agency, a national charity.

Kate added: “I would urge anyone who is experiencing issues with stress to get in touch. We are here to help and offer many therapies to help manage and control mental health problems and emotional distress.”

The Talking Shop also offers a range of talking therapies to people experiencing common mental health conditions including stress, depression, anxiety and low esteem. For more information telephone the Talking Shop on 01724 867297.