We are very grateful to the funders who have supported us, and in the medium term we will require similar funding. In the longer run we hope that our contribution to the growth of bibliotherapy nationally brings about direct funding from statutory bodies such as the NHS.
In common with hundreds of Third Sector organisations up and down the country we look to address marginalised groups, people facing stigma, those whose basic needs are poorly met if at all. We work particularly in the area of mental health and wellbeing. Naturally, this work comes into contact with ‘service users’ of statutory mental health services but it’s worth considering the remarks of Professor John Ashton CBE, President of the Faculty of Public Health, who has stated that all health issues are mental health issues. We shall thus continue to network with partners addressing all obstacles to wellbeing, including the multiple and complex, and severe and enduring health conditions – but also those whose wellbeing is impacted by normal stressful or distressing life events.
To work towards our aims, we’ve arrived at the following strategies, a list which will change or grow in line with our flexible response to opportunities and obstacles:
We want to establish a community network. This will entail contacting/inviting existing partners and friends, seeking out new contacts, and asking them to join the network. The idea is that each member will feed back suggestions of agencies and organisations which may be interested in our work.
Organising one or more key events such as a regional day conference of mental health/medical professionals, librarians etc to discuss the benefits of bibliotherapy.
Look towards work commissioned by statutory services such as NHS, prison and justice, education.
Expand work into specific marginalised areas such as care homes, dementia sufferers, mental health wards, community centres.
Time and resources to research, network and share.