Reading for Wellbeing - Evaluation of the BSMHFT Reading for Well Being Contract in Acute Settings

Patient Comments 

  • It’s passed an hour away. To us it’s a life time. It gets you thinking

  • My heart is racing all the time, but here it slows down

  • The sound of (the facilitator’s) voice helps me relax

  • We are more animated . I never had any confidence, I was always shy, but I speak up here

  • I feel better when I try and concentrate

  • I see this group as part of my treatment. I stay at home all day. I could be Miss Havisham

  • I was going to go shopping but this is much better than shopping! It’s cleared my head

  • It’s so important to have something to get up for. It structures your week

  • Listening to stories together: That’s Equality, liberty, brotherhood!

Staff Comments

  • We’ve noticed a real change in Mary (not her real name) since you started the reading group.. particularly significant as she can’t read or write

  • This session is far more popular than we anticipated

  • The attendance has doubled since you started

  • The patients are really enjoying it

  • Staff fight over who will join the group each week.