Healthy Ireland at Your Library Resources

Healthy Ireland at your library

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.

Healthy Ireland Videos

As part of Healthy Ireland at your library, Stella O’Malley has produced a number of videos for us. 

Stella is a psychotherapist and best-selling author and public speaker with many years’ experience as a mental health professional. Her popular titles include Cotton wool kids – what makes Irish parents paranoid? (2015), Bully-proof kids – practical tools to help your child grow up confident, resilient and strong (2017) and more recently Fragile - Why We Feel More Anxious, Stressed and Overwhelmed Than Ever (2019). Over the past number of years, Stella has spoken at a number of our Branches as part of this programme and has proved to be very popular and well received.

Watch Stella O’Malley's videos:

Below are a selection of websites which may be of interest at this time

#InThisTogether - Government of Ireland

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.

Parents Centre - Department of Children and Youth Affairs

Collection of resources and supports for parents during Covid 19 measures.

HSE documents related to COVID 19

Includes links to an audio version of the Covid 19 booklet, videos, translated documents in a variety of languages and guides for children.

Keep Cork Active - Cork Sports Partnership

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.

Easy-Read Social Stories For Kids

Enable Ireland and others have created really clear social stories to help explain everything about COVID-19 for children, and these are freely available from the Psychology Society of Ireland (PSI) website. 

My COVID-19 Capsule Workbook Credit: Marie McGowan & Victoria Howson, South Lee Child, Adolescent and Family Psychology

Getting Ready To Go To The Test Centre - Story for Children Credit: DNC SLT Team

Coronavirus Test - Social Story Credit: Enable Ireland

I Feel Worried About Coronavirus - Social Story Credit: Enable Ireland

Personal Protective Equipment (PPS) - Social Story Credit: Enable Ireland

Social Distancing - Social Story Credit: Enable Ireland

Coronavirus - A Book for Children Credit: Elizabeth Jenner, Kate Wilson & Nia Roberts, Consultant Professor Graham Medley, illustrated by Axel Scheffler, published by Nosy Cow

My Hero is You - Storybook for Children on COVID-19 Credit: Helen Patuck and Inter-Agency Standing Committee Reference Group on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings. Also available in a wide range of languages. 

Another great resource for parents is from the Psychology Society of Ireland (PSI) website is:  
18 Practical Tips For Parents To Support The Psychological Wellbeing Of Children During the COVID-19 Crisis

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