Developmental Bibliotherapy can improve the Mental Health of Young Adults –
Like a Wellbeing Vitamin.
Young Adult literature which portrays mental illness realistically, with positive outcomes, and which introduces readers to the unreliable or fallible narrator and encourages them to see the world through different eyes.
Developmental Bibliotherapy is:
- Guided Reading of Stories supported by Teachers and Librarians
- During Class Time
- To Give Insight & Guidance
- To Promote Personality Growth
- To Provide Information & Understanding
- To Help Teens Identify & Prepare for Typical Adolescent Issues and
- To Help Teens Thrive
Developmental Bibliotherapy improves mental health outcomes for Young People by
- Reducing Stigmas & Stereotypes & Awakening Empathy and Compassion
- Introducing Appropriate Language & Promoting Discussion
- Providing Vicarious Experiences
- Confronting Fears, Removing Feelings of Isolation & Validating Experiences
- Increasing the Awareness of Developing Mental Health Issues and so Increasing Likelihood of Earlier Intervention
Trusted authors and authentic characters help develop an awareness of developing mental health issues so readers learn how and when to ask for help – either for themselves or on behalf of friends or family members – and by reducing stigmas and stereotypes they are less afraid to step up to the task.