Bibliotherapy – what is it?


Bibliotherapy, also referred to as book therapy, is a form of therapy that involves storytelling or reading or the reading of specific texts. When dealing with conditions such as anxiety, depression, coping with grief etc, it can be difficult to make sense of what is happening in your mind and body, especially if you don’t have any other experiences to compare it to. Bibliotherapy aims to bridge this gap by using lived experience books and expert lead advice to help improve your life by providing information, support and guidance. 

How does it work:

Books about lived experiences, meaning that they tell the author’s story in first person, have this effect called neural mirroring. By going on that journey with the author, you connect and walk the path to recovery with them. This phenomenon is called narrative transformation, or becoming the character in the book. This is great for people who have just been diagnosed or come to a realisation about their own mental health for the first time, because by the end of the book you feel like you’ve already lived it and have a better understanding of how to handle and embrace your issue better.

Who is it for:

Bibliotherapy can be used as a standalone form of therapy, or as a support for other types of therapy such as talking and medicinal methods. Bibliotherapy is perfect for anyone who needs it, you are able to pick up a book and read in your own time, at your own pace, without judgement or needing to talk to someone. It can be used as a starting point, a bridge between other therapies or to help you maintain your understanding of a specific condition. 

So why TriggerHub:

TriggerHub is one of the only mental health organisations that supply bibliotherapy. We offer more than just books, with access to amazing authors, resources and information we are more than just a provider of books. We work closely with leading experts in the mental health field and have created a platform for people to bravely share their story. We offer on-demand, instantly accessible digital solutions to mental health in schools. Universities, workplaces, community spaces and more.

Get in touch today to find out how TriggerHub can help you/your organisation better support your mental health and wellbeing.

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