Your Good Self Bibliotherapy Programme

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 (pdf) and also for Families and Children (pdf).

HSE psychology staff have recommended and reviewed a number of titles (pdf) 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 impact of Covid-19 isn't just about the restrictions we face, there's an emotional impact as well. 

Our Cork County Council Library & Arts Service partners in Your Good Self: Cork’s Positive Self-Help Bibliotherapy Programme, HSE Cork Kerry Community Healthcare, has developed a fantastic online resource to help us all develop our resilience and coping skills throughout Covid-19.

In this first episode from the series Five More Ways in Five Days, Principal Psychologist Specialist in Child and Adolescent Health, Ella Lovett, talks about how we can help children and families overcome worries and anxiety caused by Covid-19. 

Five More ways over Five days – Working with young children

Packed with excellent tips and suggestions to help promote a more positive mental health approach to dealing with stress, this video series is a valuable resource for everyone and is freely available to view online.

Irish Sign Language (ISL) versions produced of popular CKCH “Five Ways over Five Days” videos.

The Five Ways Over Five Days series of videos was first published in order to give advice on how to manage our mental health and wellbeing during the Covid-19 pandemic. The videos feature Principal Psychology Manager Daniel Flynn giving advice, tips and guidance and they proved to be extremely popular, with thousands of views.


Now, a collaboration between Cork Kerry Community Healthcare Primary Care Psychology; Cork Kerry Community Healthcare Health and Wellbeing and the Cork Deaf Club means that three of the series has been produced with full Irish Sign Language (ISL) which means that a sign language interpreter appears on screen.


The videos offer valuable tips on how we can manage our emotions and relationships during these difficult times and cover:

See Healthy Ireland in Cork Kerry Community Healthcare for supporting leaflets and mindfulness practices.