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Our Psychology Manager, Joseph Morning appeared on BBC Radio Foyle's Mark Patterson Programme this week to chat about our digital programme, WellRead. 

We were invited to take part in the programme as radio show host, Mark Patterson was doing a special feature on reading  as part of Libraries NI Book Week 2020. 

And with schools now closed across the country as part of the latest Covid-19 restrictions, it was a great opportunity to promote WellRead and the benefits it offers children and parents, especially during these challenging and uncertain times. 

Speaking about WellRead, Joseph told Mark: "The idea behind it is that books and stories can be a support for us. So we took that concept and turned that into a tool for parents to help them approach subjects around mental health and well being with their children." 

Joseph continued: "Definitely more and more parents are making the mental well being of their children a priority but it's scary. I think a lot of parents worry about saying the wrong thing or maybe starting a conversation where they don't know how to handle it or what the best thing to say is. When really the trick is, a lot of the time you don't have to have all the answers. You just need to start the conversation and have that line of communication with your child." 

"The idea behind this is that stories are the perfect way to start those conversations. Something you can do together. Sit down and spend time and just create the space. And a lot of the time those conversations come naturally," said Joseph.

WellRead certainly got the thumbs up from Mark- "I love this, its informally, creatively and colourfully addressing what's going on between wee ears," said the popular radio show host. 

If you're interested in finding out more about WellRead or signing-up, you can visit the website here