by Carol RossThis book came to fruition through one woman’s passionate belief that writing is good for your health. In Words for Wellbeing, Carol Ross has united chapters from individuals and practitioners who describe how they have used creative words in healing ways with stories, poetry and therapeutic writing. The chapters are interwoven with poems, images and prose, and over 50 people gave their creative work to the book.
Following a Year of Writing project in an NHS trust, Carol shares her experiences, including leading writing groups in mental health wards. There are moving, personal accounts of writing during recovery from injury or illness and, on a practical level, invaluable advice from experienced therapists and practitioners.
Writing helped Katie Metcalfe to rebuild her life: “Aged 15, I was admitted into a psychiatric hospital, weighing a meagre five and a half stone. I still believed I was overweight. I thought if I couldn’t maintain my routine, there was no point living. But something kept me going. That something was writing.”
Exemplified by poems from Sir Andrew Motion and Penelope Shuttle, Poetry Therapist Victoria Field describes how poetry can be therapeutic, and she shares examples of individuals’ responses to the poems.
Gillie Bolton identifies the power of creativity writing: “Creative writing for personal and professional development – therapeutic and reflective – uses the tremendous power of creativity to help us to understand ourselves better – our thoughts, feelings, memories, ideas, inspirations, bodies, spirituality, relationships with others and our society. Making things creatively not only makes us feel good, it also offers insight and inspiration which ordinary everyday thinking and talking cannot.”
The Editor, Carol Ross, set herself a task of producing a resource for practitioners and an enjoyable and inspiring read for a wider audience. Her intention is that the book will reach individuals and groups, educators and students, therapists and clients and offer inspiration to all.
|Title||Words for Wellbeing|
|eBook format||Paperback, (torrent)|
|Publisher||Cumbria Partnership NHS FT|
|File size||0.9 Mb|
|Book rating||4 (2 votes)