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Reading as participatory art: An alternative mental health therapy

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This article outlines the health and well-being impacts of a specific community reading programme, ‘Get into Reading’, pioneered by The Reader Organisation, as demonstrated in a specific health context, Mersey Care NHS Mental Health Trust. The discussion broadly considers the historical positioning of this reading and health experiment, in terms of both mental health and arts-in-health developments and trends. The article also highlights some of the challenges and excitements of seeking to capture the health benefits of reading currently experienced by the Centre for Research into Reading, Information and Linguistic Systems (CRILS) at University of Liverpool.
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Keywords: arts-in-health; literature; medical humanities; mental health; reading and health

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: University of Liverpool

Publication date: April 1, 2013

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  • The Journal of Arts and Communities seeks to provide a critical examination of the practices known as community or participatory arts, encompassing a field of work defined for this purpose as incorporating active creative ollaboration between artists and people in a range of communities.The journal will take a cross-artform and interdisciplinary approach,including work happening in performance, visual arts and media,writing, multimedia and collaboration involving digital technology and associated forms. In part this will create an archive that will document work which can otherwise be ephemeral
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