Libraries Install Light Therapy Lights to Combat SAD

Libraries Install Light Therapy Lights to Combat SAD

Light Therapy
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Two Winnipeg libraries have installed new light therapy lamps to combat seasonal affective disorder (SAD).

Light therapy is known to help people living with SAD, which is a form of depression with symptoms that can range from a lack of motivation to, in extreme cases, suicidal ideation.

“Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba is pleased to partner with the City of Winnipeg on this initiative which brings increased access to light therapy for the more than 15,000 Winnipeggers who experience SAD,” said Tara Brousseau Snider, the association’s executive director.

“It may have a positive health impact on reducing depression and winter time sadness.”

The lamps are available in designated areas of the Millennium Library (251 Donald Street) and St. James-Assiniboia Library (1910 Portage Avenue) during normal hours.

— Staff