Answered By: Sophie Firby
Last Updated: Sep 28, 2018     Views: 1771

Full-spectrum therapy lamps are available for use at select Winnipeg Public Library branches.  These lamps are provided to offer support to people who struggle with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).

SAD is a form of depression with symptoms ranging from a lack of motivation to - in extreme cases - suicidal ideation. Light therapy, in addition to other therapies, has been shown to help people with SAD. People with SAD have shown improvement in as little as 20 minutes a day with the therapeutic effects of the light. 

Having these lamps at the Library
provides an opportunity for people to test them and see if they help alleviate symptoms before they invest in their own units.

Note: Full spectrum lights are not for everyone, such as those with glaucoma, cataracts or bipolar affective disorder. Consult your family physician before considering light therapy. 

Which Library branches have a lamp?

Millennium, St. James-Assiniboia, St. Boniface and Harvey Smith Libraries have lamps available for use in designated areas during open hours. 

If you are in crisis, call the Klinic Crisis Line, 24 hours, 7 days a week:
phone 204-786-8686
toll free: 1-888-322-3019
TTY: 204-784-4097

Find more crisis supports at the link below.

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