Reading and Mental Health

  • Ellie GrayEmail author
  • Grace Farrington
  • Mette Steenberg


This chapter offers three distinct perspectives on the value of—and potential obstacles to—embedding Shared Reading within the treatment options of health professions and services. In this chapter, Ellie Gray surveys a wide range of reading or book-based interventions recently or currently in use in mental health contexts and considers their implications for clinical practice. Grace Farrington articulates the value of a literature-based intervention from the perspective of occupational therapists working with mental health patients in hospital. Mette Steenberg reports on (and assesses the criteria for success of) a collaborative venture of Danish health services, libraries and local government in which people living at risk of mental health issues are referred to reading groups.


Clinical psychology Libraries Mental health services Occupational therapy Shared Reading 

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© The Author(s) 2019

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation TrustCumbriaUK
  2. 2.The ReaderLiverpoolUK
  3. 3.Aarhus UniversityAarhusDenmark

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