The MindReading online toolkit is a collection of resources about using literature to support mental wellbeing at times of illness. These resources are principally collected from the 2017 conference, MindReading: Mental Health and the Written Word, a collaboration between UCD Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the Diseases of Modern Life Project at St Anne’s College, Oxford, and the University of Birmingham.

The toolkit is particularly aimed at clinicians and medical students keen to incorporate the use of literature in clinical and reflective practice but may be of interest to a range of interested readers, academics and of course to those experiencing illness. The toolkit has been created collaboratively with clinicians, literature and humanities experts, and expert by experience groups.

Do doctors and patients speak the same language, and how can we use narrative to bridge the evident gaps? MindReading in an ongoing project exploring the patient experience through the prism of literature and personal narrative to inform self-care, patient-centred care, and to support clinicians with regard to reflective and clinical practice while investigating interactions between literature and medicine.

This collaboration is led by Dr. Elizabeth Barrett and UCD Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and Dr. Melissa Dickson at the University of Birmingham with the Diseases of Modern Life Project at St Anne’s College, Oxford.

The toolkit was developed by Wan Ting Yew as part of a 2017 Student Summer Research Project supervised by Associate Professor Elizabeth Barrett and the UCD Child & Adolescent Psychiatry group.

Resources include:

  • How to use Literature for General Wellbeing and Clinical Practice
  • Suggested Literature for Specific Problems
  • Bibliotherapy Schemes
  • Organisations, Services and other Online Resources

The toolkit is hosted by the UCD school of medicine and is available at

MindReading project blog:


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