Storytelling allows people to process their own experience and have control of it. Hearing and reading stories allows others to better understand the experiences of others. Real-life stories can be used for reflective discussions and learning.
Living Library are a way of helping communities hear about and learn from people they may not have met. Instead of borrowing a book, a story is borrowed through a speaker at a local library; the speaker becomes the ‘book’. The speaker is a representative of a group that experiences stigma and discrimination and appears in person to share their lived experiences.
To increase the reach and impact of these stories, videos and books have been produced. This allows people to listen, read the stories and share with others.
Living Library focuses on challenging stigma, stereotypes and prejudice and aims to build inclusion in the community
Living Library aims to:
Reproduction of content
Reproduction of this work in whole or in part for inclusion in community and/or health-related programs is subject to the inclusion of an acknowledgement of the source. Not for reproduction for commercial usage or sale.
Thank you to all the storytellers in the videos and books who shared their experiences.
We would like to acknowledge and thank all the partners for their contribution and support.
For further information,contact:
South Western Sydney Local Health District
Population Health Service
Mental Wellbeing Team
Thanks to partners for funds, time, expertise and support.
Arab Council Campbelltown Library Canterbury-Bankstown City Council Fairfield Library Gandangara Aboriginal Land Council Headspace Liverpool Council Liverpool Library
Myrtle Cottage NEAMI One Door Mental Health SLASA STARTTS Tharawal Aboriginal Corporation The Macarthur Wellbeing Network Transcultural Mental Health Centre WayAhead