Friday, 1 February 2013
Unlock the inner power of your mind why don't you?
Who am I to dismiss a new scheme to have patients with mild to moderate mental health problems prescribed with a reading list of self-help books? Mind you, some of the American self-help manuals that I have come across have been so badly written and so depressingly trite that they could surely turn a normally cheerful soul to the edge of suicide. But certainly few things in life can bring quite so much comfort and joy as a good book and I do mean a proper dog eared book that you can reach down from a shelf or pull out of an inside pocket or the bottom of a rucksack. The ability to put aside your troubles for a moment and lose yourself in a decent read is a true gift I reckon. It's just that you won't find many such gems in the self-help, self-pity, body mind and wallet section of your local library.