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Take 10


Take 10 Wrap Up

Well, that’s it folks! Our #Take10toRead moments have all wrapped up for this year but we'll be back in 2024.

Over 32,000 children tuned into our 2023 events, with teachers downloading our wellbeing resources helping to support their own events happening across the country.

Missed the events? Fear not, you can watch the recordings from our events with Ziggy Hanaor, Ollie Silvester, Susie Dent and Aoife Dooley. Watch back throughout the year and help your school or home pupils benefit from these brilliant #WorldMentalHealthDay resources.

Remember to Take 10 minutes a day to benefit from the mood boosting effects reading can provide and share your Take 10 moments with us by tagging #Take10toRead.

You can find more resources linked to February's Children's Mental Health Awareness Week which you might find useful.

Escape into a book and #Take10ToRead

Life is busy and it isn’t always easy to find time for yourself.

Reading can help you relax, boost your mood and escape elsewhere – and it doesn’t have to be a book. It could be the post-match analysis of Saturday’s football game, an interview with your favourite actor, DIY hacks or even recipes. Reading something that interests you can transport you away from day-to-day life.

That’s why, on Tuesday 10 October at 10am we are calling on the nation to #Take10ToRead with us in support of World Mental Health Day.

Take 10 is a campaign to promote the wellbeing benefits of reading. Try it for 10 minutes today and see where it takes you.

Get involved!

  • Support your pupils and students to Take 10, inspiring them to keep reading every day at school and at home.
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  • Support your staff, colleagues their families and your community to Take 10 every day to boost their mood.
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  • Sharing a book with a child is fun. It's a time for affection, laughing and talking together. And it can also give children a head start in life and help them become lifelong readers.
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Our research

Our latest research shows the power of reading to boost our mental health and wellbeing. 3 in 5 children and young people aged 5 to 18 said that they read because it relaxed them, and nearly 1 in 2 read because it made them feel happy. Read the full report.

Reading can help everyone and is a great way to:

  • Relax, unwind and boost your mood

  • Escape from the pressures of life and reduce stress levels

  • Improve memory and concentration

Previous Take 10 moments

To inspire people to take up reading and continue the Take challenge, the National Literacy Trust holds campaign weeks and national moments where 1,000s of people across the UK drop everything and read together for 10 minutes.

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