Speak out everybody!
It is okay to talk!
For me, creative bibliotherapy is defined by the conversations that happen while meeting in a group.The actual reading, or writing or the content, is almost inconsequential. It’s the connection with one another that counts, and that makes a difference. this is what my thesis said ten years ago, and I still stand by this.
I used to get into trouble for saying ‘Ye can do bibliotherapy wi’ a bus ticket!’, – because it was not the content that some people think is appropriate- not Tolstoy, not Dickens. And whilst I love both these, and many writers, it is still foremost in my mind that for a person to talk about their deepest feelings, traumas, existential angst- that is the thing! The thing that that can make the difference to our mental wealth or wellbeing, the thing that saves one person from killing themself that day.
See Me in Scotland is making a call today for action- to start more everyday conversations on our mental health. Talk about your mood, ask how someone is managing with a stressful part of their life. It is ok to talk. Make it easy for your people to talk about their experiences.
Sharing is therapeutic, so this works well when I use a writing prompt or just reading a piece of writing. It makes it easier than having to break the ice with a difficult topic.
A quote from Albert Camus,
‘Real generosity towards the future lies in giving all to the present.’
May you have a great conversation today!