How writing can support mental health and wellbeing
BEAUTY BLOSSOMS IN BETWEEN
The Literature House in Trondheim is pleased to host a lecture on how writing can support mental health and well-being, or what bring us to write diaries, letters, poems, and novels? What inspires us to write about reality or imagination? How can literature foster insights and support us in our search for meaning?
In this lecture, Olga Lehmann will explore psychological perspectives to journaling, poetry, and literature together with the audience. Olga´s mission is that of making the world a more poetic place, and by this, reconciling what is human in us: the fragility and vulnerability of our existence, and the beauty that blossoms when entering and exploring the tensions that form our emotional world. She will also offer some suggestions of questions to address when journaling and or writing in general.
Olga V. Lehmann, Ph.D., is a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Mental Health, NTNU Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim. She is also the Head (and heart) of Health and Compassionate practices at Pracademy. She is a poetess, teacher, psychologist and researcher interested in feelings and emotions, silence-phenomena, meditative and contemplative practices, communication, poetic instants, and well-being. She has edited Acompanar la finitud (San Pablo, 2014), as well as co-edited Poetry and Imagined Worlds (Palgrave, 2017), Deep Experiencing: Dialogues Within the Self 2017, SpringerBriefs) and Poesikveld i Trondheim: en antologi (Forlaget Beijing Trondheim). She runs writing courses for older adults as part of her current research project at NTNU and hosts the poesikveld in Trondheim -an inclusion-through-poetry community initiative.
The profit of the event would be donated to Olga’s research project, to publish an anthology with the life stories of the older adults who attend to her writing courses.
Photo credit: Thor Nielsen