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Grant Reilly


13th January 2021


Words for Wellbeing – a Technology-Enabled Approach

“We read to know we are not alone.” (C.S. Lewis)

The need to know we are not alone is greater than ever, as the Covid-19 pandemic causes grief and bereavement, trauma for health and social care staff, financial hardship, and social isolation through shielding and other restrictions.

Guidelines and systematic reviews show that facilitated reading and storytelling can improve mental wellbeing and reduce depression and anxiety.

Scotland’s Digital Health & Care Innovation Centre (DHI) is using these approaches in a new project with public libraries, supported by SMCI Associates.

The project will use remote technology in a person-centred way, to reach people needing support, and facilitate group reading and storytelling. Combining the power of stories, technology, and human interaction will help people to rebalance and create a new reality.

The project is funded by the Scottish Government Health Literacy and Self-Management team and issued by the Digital Health & Care Innovation Centre (DHI) in collaboration with the Scottish Library and Information Council and the ALLIANCE.

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