One of the steps to improving
your mental health could be at your
library, on Netflix or on i Tunes.
Therapists and counsellors often
use books, music, movies and other
media to help people work through
issues they’re struggling with—be it
depression, relationship difficulties
or other emotional turmoil.
The approach, known as
Books and stories can
bibliotherapy, began with reading as
the main prescription, but can also
include other helpful resources.
“Recommending books is great
if a client is a reader but in my
experience, reading is something
that follows the 80/20 rule: 20 per
cent of the people read 80 per cent
of the books,” says Deborah Kieran,
a psychologist and the counselling
manager at the Calgary Counselling
Besides books, therapists often try
to find other media that resonates
with people such as specific movies,
TED Talks, TV shows, You Tube clips,
podcasts, audiobooks, websites, self-help workbooks, and even children’s
“Therapists are always looking
Reading, watching movies and listening to music can help you see the world from a different point of view
and find hope.