County libraries celebrate mental health day

West Sussex Libraries are helping to mark this year’s World Mental Health Day by hosting a top medical author in two of its branches.

The worldwide event, now in its 20th year, takes place on October 10 to raise awareness about prevalent illnesses - including depression and psychosis.

Brighton-based writer Catherine Amey, who suffered from a mental illness, will be speaking at Chichester and Horsham Libraries next week.

The medical author will be showcasing her latest book: ‘Psychosis through My Eyes - a Personal and Professional Journey’, in Chichester’s branch at 7:30pm on Tuesday October 9.

She will then be signing copies of her book in Horsham Library from 11am to 12pm on Wednesday October 10.

Lionel Barnard, County Council Deputy Leader responsible for the Library Service, said: “We are very pleased to help mark such an important worldwide event to raise awareness about mental health in West Sussex.

“Catherine’s book draws on 15-years knowledge as a medical writer as well as her own personal experiences with psychosis.

“Both events are free to attend but you will need tickets for the talk at Chichester, which are available at the branch.

“Otherwise drop in anytime for the book signing at Horsham.”

Find out more about by calling Chichester Library on 01243 777351 or Horsham on 01403 224353.

Alternatively visit the West Sussex Library Service’s website at