AffiliationUniversity of Chester and Storyhouse
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AbstractApplied Fantasy is a new, innovative approach to wellbeing that demonstrates the significant potential within fantasy literature and media to provide effective and sustainable coping strategies for positive mental health. Emerging at the intersection of fantasy literature and media, mental health and wellbeing, and fan studies, the benefits from Applied Fantasy are two-fold. First, the concept of an individual being part of a wider fandom is a positive step towards a) combating isolation and b) subverting the stigma surrounding mental health; and second, the contents of the fantasy works themselves provide solid examples and guidance on how to manage mental health concerns while not overtly discussing coping strategies for mental health.
CitationMackenzie, A., Wall, T., & Poole, S. E. (2019). Applied fantasy and wellbeing. In W. Leal, P. G. Özuyar, P. Pace, U. Azeiteiro, & L. Brandli (Eds.), Encyclopaedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals: Good Health and Wellbeing. New York, US: Springer.
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