The value of relationships

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Strong, positive relationships are fundamental to our mental wellbeing. 2016's Mental Health Awareness Week (16-22 May) focussed on the value of relationships and asks people to make relationship resolutions.

We asked our colleagues what they do to look after their mental health: relationships and physical activities featured a lot. Watch our short film to see what some of them said.

We also made our relationship resolutions and to help you decide what yours will be we've put together some tips for strengthening relationships with friends, families, partners and colleagues. Our library services team has also made some book recommendations.

Healthy and supportive relationships are key to recovery and good mental health: relationships with partners, friends and colleagues; between parents and children; between siblings; and therapeutic relationships.

AWP's library services team has selected a range of books that focus on the value of relationships. Here are their top five recommendations.

Psychology of relationships: a practical guide / John Karter (2012)
A practical guide to help in developing new and healthier ways of relating by explaining some of the major underlying psychological 'drivers' that permeate relationships.

Mutual support and mental health: a route to recovery / Maddy Loat (2011)
Explores how mutual support can help ease the distress of mental health problems and foster emotional and psychological wellbeing.

Improving mental health through social support: building positive and empowering relationships / Jonathan Leach (2014)
Takes a look at the vital role of supportive relationships: the everyday assistance offered by family, friends, neighbours and colleagues, as well as support in a variety of non-clinical settings.

Family interventions in mental health / Neil Withnell and Neil Murphy (2012)
Practical strategies that will empower families to engage with challenging issues, maintain the balance between stress management and recovery and build the foundations of lasting relationships.

A little, aloud with love / edited by Angela Macmillan (2016)
Celebrates love in all its forms: that heady first flush, the agony of heartbreak, joyful reunions, the love of a parent for a child. Prose & poetry for reading aloud to someone you love.

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