Followers of this blog will remember that last November I took part in an evening at the Scottish Story Telling Centre organised by the Health and Social Care Alliance: ‘Reading Writing and Your Health – Journeys in Self Management‘. At the end of the evening I had a number of interesting conversations with individuals in the audience. One of these people has now been in touch with me – I reproduce her message below:
Books and Well-being
Guest blog post by an anonymous dyslexic adult.
Books and well-being is a blog series inspired by the Book Week Scotland 2015 event “Reading, Writing and Your Health – Journeys in Self Management.” In it, I share my experience of using books in my self-management journey. Here’s a summary of what each post looks at.
- The benefits that books can have on an individual’s well-being
- The detrimental effect that an absence of books can have on an individual’s well-being, illustrated by my own experience
- How books can benefit dyslexic people
- Whether an absence of books could exacerbate mental ill health and make recovery from it more difficult
- Some book lists and how dyslexic people might use them
- How dyslexic people might adapt the book lists discussed in part 2 to self-manage dyslexia and common mental health conditions
Although these blog posts focus on the dyslexic context, they are applicable to any group or individual interested in using books as a self-management tool.
You can find the first post in the series at http://smns.alliance-scotland.org.uk/2016/03/books-and-wellbeing-part-1. The other 2 posts will be published over the next few weeks.
I encourage you to follow the links above and to read what she has written about dyslexia and mental health and will write over the next few weeks.