The science behind WriteWell

Writing, learning and creativity all help build mental resilience

From diaries to letters, emails to shopping lists, texts to social media, we all write everyday. Writing is one of the best tools for making sense of life. We are all writers.

WriteWell is about tuning into the power writing and creativity have to process difficult emotions and bring perspective, particularly in difficult times. It's about adding new simple but effective strategies to your wellbeing and recovery toolkit.

Read our full 2021 report about WriteWell and how writing for wellbeing could save our mental health. 


Although writing is not therapy in itself, a rapidly growing body of robust scientific research (see below) shows that writing has a powerful impact on mental health - whether it's called therapeutic, expressive or reflective writing, journaling, creative or life writing, bibliotherapy, curative writing or poetry therapy.

Writing boosts positive emotions and can help process trauma. In addition, online learning communities are a great way to find new motivation as you learn alongside others. The NHS recommends learning as an important step towards mental wellbeing.

A study at the University of Texas at Austin discovered that 'writing about important personal experiences in an emotional way for as little as 15 minutes over the course of three days brings about improvements in mental and physical health. This finding has been replicated across age, gender, culture, social class, and personality type.'


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