Healthy Ireland at your Library is part of the national strategy that aims to help improve the health and well-being of the Nation and is funded by the Department of Health. Since its inception in 2017, the initiative has been rolled out across the Cork County Library's network of branches with the introduction of a dedicated Healthy Ireland collection of books, eBooks, eMagazines, and eAudiobooks to each public library across the county. Designed to enhance the existing health promotion information service available at your local library, the Healthy Ireland collection covers a wide range of topics from fitness and nutrition, mental health and well-being to healthy childhood and addiction.
Your Good Self is an exciting joint initiative between the HSE and Cork County Library and Cork City Libraries. The "Your Good Self" programme aims to provide quality information to the people of Cork on how to look after their emotional well-being as part of their overall health. Collections are available at many of branch libraries and if not available, they can be requested. Our mobile service is also participating and information on the mobile's collection can be had by contacting Library HQ at 021 4546499.
The following links give a further information leaflet about the initiative and full listings of material, which have been reviewed by HSE Psychology staff, are available for Adults and also for Families and Children.
HSE psychology staff have recommended and reviewed a number of titles which are available on BorrowBox in an e-book and/or e-audiobook format. They cover a wide range of topics from wellbeing to mindfulness. If titles are checked out, holds can be placed on them. To access these titles via BorrowBox, go to the Library Online section.
HSE Psychology staff also hold talks on related topics during the year, so please check with your local library for details.
The program enhances current health information in public libraries by providing new book stock, e-books, e-audio books and e-magazines on health and well-being and a wider selection of health information for all users.
The health and well-being book collection has over 100 titles covering the three Healthy Ireland themes - Eat Well, Think Well and Be Well. Each book was specially evaluated nationally to provide individuals and families with reliable, accessible information to manage their general health and well-being. The collection includes books for children and young adults also. Click here to view our Healthy Ireland Books.
A wide range of e-books and e-audio books are available through BorrowBox.
A wide range of e-magazines are also available through RBDigital.
Below are a selection of websites which may be of interest at this time
Campaign to look after people’s physical and mental health during Covid 19 pandemic, and includes advice and tips for coping during the ongoing restrictions.
Collection of resources and supports for parents during Covid 19 measures.
Includes links to an audio version of the Covid 19 booklet, videos, translated documents in a variety of languages and guides for children.
The Cork Sports Partnership team have created a resource to support people of all ages and abilities to keep active during this uncertain time, with over 200 resources. It includes a variety of home exercise workouts for all ages and abilities, sports skills and challenges for the young and not so young, as well as interactive games and activities for the family.
Supports for young people’s mental health 12 – 25 and also for parents/guardians, including resources, details of free phone helpline and jigsaw online group chats.
Healthy Ireland – Cork County Council Teen talks
A series of talks, not just for teens, covering topics such as anxiety and wellbeing.
General - Below is a list of recommended health related websites
Healthy Ireland - Eat well, Think well, Be well
Your Mental Health - HSE
Get Ireland Active – Promoting Physical Activity in Ireland
Safefood – Promoting healthy nutrition and food safety
Dementia – Understand Together
Quit Smoking - HSE
Ask about Alcohol – HSE
Cork County Library offers a wide range of events, including talks and workshops as part of their Healthy Ireland at your Library program of events.
All events are free to attend, however some may require booking. Details of the events can be found here and also in the local branch. Please contact your local library for more information.