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World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day

There have been numerous studies in the past few decades that points to the fact that reading has strong positive effects on mental health as well as a powerful tool to tackle mental health related problems. From the study of Chevalier and Feinstein (2006), it was found that literacy education can effectively reduce the possibility of adult depression therefore it is just as vital to introduce a good reading habit for children early on which then can be further taken into adulthood. In a similar study by Brynner and Parsons (2000), it was disclosed that women with good literacy skills had resulted in five times less likely to encounter depression. With improved literacy skills, it can strongly impact mental health as well as psychological health, with a good habit of reading, this can both equip readers with a stronger and more positive point of perspective to achieve personal goals. Check out our Fiction Adult collection for amazing fiction titles for adults. Our Non Fiction collection for young adults is also a great place to pick up a nice book or two. You may also find that our Activity Books collection is something you and your kids may enjoy, some of these books are perfect for everybody to bond together and create some precious moments which can further improve your mental health, it is especially vital for us to depend on our trusted and close friends and family. 

So many people around the world have found the benefits of reading for improving their lives whether they experience mental health problems or not, such as the case with Sydney Timmins who is a mental ill health survivor which then later founded the Mental Health Book Club Podcast, she wrote about her source of remedy in a post from the Mental Health First Aid organisation. Timmins has stated that reading can reduce stress greatly, in a research done by Dr David Lewis, it was found that even reading as little as six minutes a day can reduce stress by 60%, reducing heart rate, relaxing muscles and improving your state of mind, furthermore this study had suggested that reading can be even more beneficial than music, drinking tea or going for a walk when dealing with stress. She also mentioned reading has an escapism outcome, it brings readers to a world of the characters within the story, there are research done which points to the fact that escapism has deeper and more complicated areas and often reading is one of the ways that initiates this, people will find that reading is life-changing and result in readers interacting with the world around them differently. 

Did you know that reading different types of literature and genres will ultimately have different types of effects, but fortunately all with positive outcomes in regards to building literacy skills. Reading fiction has been shown numerous times to build empathy for others, understanding feelings and emotions and better communication with people around. Understanding people’s views, beliefs and building better relationships, all of these we learn from reading fiction books. This was stated as Theory of Mind. Bibliotherapy is something people can use to overcome mental health issues. Bibliotherapy is amazing for depression sufferers, and has been found to be effective for dealing with mental health problems, the Liverpool Health Inequalities Research Institute had examined a reading group program for those suffering from depression over a twelve month period. The result was wonderful, it was discovered that participants had improved concentration, better emotional understanding, the ability to talk about meaningful issues as well as better self awareness. Reading also works to prevent memory loss and helps with brain development. Reading over the course of your early and later life was suggested to help with slowing down memory loss, this type of cognitive activity also helps us become smarter and have better insight into the potential problems around us. From better self understanding, academic performance, social skills and building more knowledge of verbal skills and learning more about the world around us, reading should be strongly encouraged by all of us for young and old. 

Sources:

https://cdn.literacytrust.org.uk/media/documents/2008_09_02_free_research_-_Literacy_changes_lives_2008_eC8a7NJ.pdf

https://mhfaengland.org/mhfa-centre/blog/reading-good-mental-health/#

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