Evaluation of the Book My Mind bibliotherapy programme at LJMU

Added on Tuesday, October 12th, 2021

Student Advice and Wellbeing services at Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) have collaborated with the university’s library services to develop Book My Mind, a new bibliotherapy programme for LJMU students and staff. Promoting reading as a form of self-care, the programme includes a dedicated book collection with a range of titles, which have been specifically chosen to provide emotional and psychological support for different mental health concerns and experiences.

The programme also includes a series of events, including reading groups and author visits, which complement the book collection and reading recommendations. Students and staff can also contribute to the programme website with blog posts and book reviews.

The ICC’s Head of Research Kerry Wilson is delighted to be supporting the initiative as evaluation research partner throughout 2021-22. She will be undertaking a mixed-method evaluation of the full programme, designed to explore reasons for participating, its relative impact on participants’ subjective wellbeing, and subsequent reading habits. The evaluation will inform ongoing development of Book My Mind and future cultural and creative opportunities for cross-departmental collaboration in support of student and staff mental health and wellbeing at LJMU.

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