A qualitative study of 2Create: A mental health service user-led art group

Wilson, Ceri and Kent, Lyn (2015) A qualitative study of 2Create: A mental health service user-led art group. Arts and Health, 8 (2). pp. 169-181. ISSN 1753-3023

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Abstract

Background: 2Create is a mental health service user-led art group in the UK established by graduates of Open Arts, a community arts and mental health project. The study aimed to explore group members’ experiences over its first year. Methods: Semi-structured interviews were conducted with five current and one former member of 2Create. Results: Key themes related to organisation (evolving; flexibility; finance; leadership challenges), the studio environment, personal gains (social inclusion; self-esteem; well-being) and future plans (increasing membership; exhibitions; funding applications; social events). Conclusion: The gains reported indicate that 2Create is beneficial to its members. Although a number of challenges were identified, all participants identified personal and group-wide gains and emphasised that challenges are to be expected when setting up a new group. The key implication for independent mental health user-led arts groups is that support is needed in the early stages and that independence can then be achieved with time.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: This is an accepted manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in: 'Arts and Health' available online: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17533015.2015.1048697
Keywords: mental health, participatory arts, peer support, service user-led groups
Faculty: Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education (for research post September 2011)
Depositing User: Dr Ceri Wilson
Date Deposited: 29 Jun 2017 10:20
Last Modified: 29 Jun 2017 10:25
URI: http://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/701927

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