The great 18th century writer Dr Samuel Johnson, who suffered from severe bouts of depression, said that “the only end of writing is to enable the reader better to enjoy life or better to endure it.” The world's first free online course in "Literature and Mental Health" explores how enjoying literature can help us to endure life.
ReLit is the Bibliotherapy Foundation, a charitable enterprise dedicated to the complementary treatment of stress, anxiety and other conditions through mindful reading. We believe that attentive immersion in great literature can relieve, restore and reinvigorate the human mind.
In collaboration with the Friends of Grendon, we are giving workshops to the men of HMP Grendon, on poetry as stress relief and self-knowledge through Shakespeare. This is one of...