Knowledge Matters

Knowledge Matters
The Somerset Emotional Wellbeing Podcast
Knowledge Matters

Aug 02 2022 | 00:31:48

Episode 80 August 02, 2022 00:31:48

Show Notes

Welcome to the Somerset Emotional Wellbeing (SEW) podcast!

In this episode, Knowledge Matters, our hosts Dr. Andrew Tresidder and Dr. Peter Bagshaw are joined by Veronica Price from Somerset Foundation Trust’s Libraries and John Carter, a Senior Development Officer from Somerset Libraries to discuss how libraries are constantly evolving to fit our changing needs, how to find reliable health and wellbeing information in your local library and why our libraries now play host to everything from toddler singing groups to borrowable tablet computers and blood pressure monitors!

The SEW podcast is a free weekly show hosted by Dr. Andrew Tresidder and Dr. Peter Bagshaw. In each episode, the doctors discuss a different topic related to mental and emotional wellbeing and often invite expert guests to join them in conversation. The show is aimed at the people of Somerset and beyond; the advice and guidance provided should apply to anybody who needs it, whenever they need it.

All episodes of SEW are now available to listen to free through Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Deezer, Google Podcasts, Amazon Podcasts, Somerset Emotional Wellbeing or wherever you get your podcasts!

We would like to hear from you! If you would like to let us know what you think of the show, or to suggest guests and topics for us to cover, please get in touch with us by emailing: [email protected]

Thank you for listening, see you next time!

Please note: The opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the speakers. They do not purport to reflect the opinions or views of the NHS or any other organisation unless expressly stated


Accessible Services and Health and WellbeingWe aim to provide accessible services for library members with special needs or disabilities. We also offer support and services for carers, foster carers, home educators and child minders. Our specialist book collections cover mental health, autism, dementia, long-term conditions, adult literacy and learning English. If you have an accessibility issue not covered by these initiatives, please speak to library staff.

Tablet Loaning Information - Somerset Libraries, Somerset County Council offers an iPad loaning scheme in specific libraries which means members of Somerset Libraries (16yrs +) can borrow a device for up to six weeks free of charge.

Interactive Projectors - Interactive Projectors with dementia & autism-friendly activities. We have installed a little piece of magic in Taunton and Yeovil libraries – the OMI interactive projector which creates an interactive surface on a table or the floor, with stimulating games, activities and apps to aid relaxation and interaction.

Blood Pressure Monitoring Scheme - In this week’s #SomersetPublicHealth catch-up film, Clinton highlights the importance of checking your #BloodPressure

NHS Health Information in Other Languages - You can translate health information on the NHS website using an online translator. Although online translators can accurately translate individual words and phrases, they may not always be able to interpret the meaning of larger or more complex pieces of information.

Somerset Emotional Wellbeing – Do you work or volunteer in health and care in Somerset? Whatever you are going through, the Somerset Emotional Wellbeing Colleague Resilience Hub is here for you. The Somerset Emotional Wellbeing website is here to connect you with wellbeing support when you need it. Simply enter where you work, or how you are feeling on our homepage to discover and connect with local and national support options that are open to you. 

If you work or volunteer in health and care in Somerset and need to talk, you can call our dedicated, confidential Colleague Telephone Line for help with a trained professional. If you need further support after your initial conversation you can be referred for a one-off rapid access counselling session with a psychologist or counsellor. No waiting list. If you need further help we will make sure you see the right person. Call us now on 0300 124 5595 (available six days a week, from 09:00 to 17:00)

Open MH - If you are an adult living in Somerset and experiencing difficulties with your mental health, we are here to help. Open Mental Health offers support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to ensure that anyone struggling with poor mental health can access the right support at the right time.

If you need to speak to someone please contact our team at Mindline Somerset any time of the day, any day of the week locally on 01823 276892 or freephone 0800 138 1692. Or email [email protected] for support

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