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Could Bibliotherapy help you?

Dr Raj Persaud talks to Jennifer Strickland and Julia Walker about Bibliotherapy

Bibliotherapy uses books, fiction, short stories, poetry, fragments, readings, quotes and texts to help people with mental health difficulties. So how does it work and how could you go about getting yourself a bit of bibliotherapy?


Jennifer Strickland 


Jennifer has over 20 years’ experience working in mental

health in a variety of settings, including acute, forensics and day services. Due

to the growing demand for bibliotherapy, funding was secured for a 2 year

project to help deliver and develop bibliotherapy in Kirklees Libraries. She has

always been passionate about literature and the power of the written word,

having seen the benefits of it whilst working with elderly clients.


Julie Walker, Bibliotherapist, Kirklees Libraries


Julie has been working in reader development and bibliotherapy for

14 years. She is a former psychiatric community nurse, adult education

tutor working in areas of social exclusion and was reader-in-residence

at Wakefield Prison for 18 months. Since Julie learnt to read she seriously

thinks that there has not been a day that’s passed when she hasn’t read

a book. Julie will be talking about the benefits of bibliotherapy, it’s relevance for

improving outcomes for people with mental health and wellbeing issues,

advocacy and partnerships.