Mental Health Writing Exercises for Adults

Adult Platform Overview on Mental Health


In one way or another, we are all affected by mental health problems. The books recommended in this section are intended to help you overcome your sense of isolation, combat prejudice and inspire the author in you, so that in taking up the pen, you will acquire the strength to get through difficult periods.

Dr. Camillo Zacchia, psychologist and senior adviser for the Douglas Institute, discusses how literature brings out human nature and how extremely powerful it can be.

Literature and issues surrounding mental health have been intertwined for generations. Many authors have found refuge and peace in writing and giving voice to the experiences they have had with mental illness or breakdown. Writing, in turn, is recognized by many medical experts as a tool for resilience.

Reading suggestions and writing assigments

The Speaking Cure, David Homel
Mrs Dalloway, Virginia Woolf
I Never Promised You a Rose Garden, Joanne Greenberg