The Human Library
By Middlesbrough and Stockton Mind
The Human Library is an international project that aims to do away with prejudice, stigma, and discrimination by challenging individuals to break stereotypes and be their own 'Book for the day'.
We held the event at the Central Library in Middlesbrough and it turned out to be a resounding success with a great turnout. It was a fabulous success for tolerance and understanding.
Here is what some of our attendees had to say about the day:
"I honestly cant thank you enough for letting me be a part of it. As soon as I got home I told my mother all about it and she thought it was fantastic…..i couldn’t wait to tell more people."
"Thank you for letting me be a part of it. It was brilliant. Such a good idea to get different people interacting and a fantastic way for these people who wouldn’t normally meet to potentially make friends."
"I gained a lot on the day as there was a very diverse array of readers. I met some health care staff who will be coming to my peer group to see how it is running and one who is a ward manager who is looking to run a group as well."
"The concept itself was a novel way to challenge stigma and certainly a good one. Whilst I don’t consider myself to have any stigma towards mental illnesses or many of the other titles available to loan, I knew very little about many of them. This is primarily due to my being afraid that to ask people with, for example, depression more about their illness would offend or upset them. Therefore, the opportunity to listen to people’s in depth descriptions of their own situations and to ask any questions I wanted, was appealing to me, and useful in helping my understanding and increasing my knowledge."
We are so glad that the event went so well and would like to thank eveyone for taking part!