Catching life: the contribution of arts initiatives to recovery approaches in mental health

Spandler, Helen and Secker, Jenny and Kent, Lyn and Hacking, Sue and Shenton, Jo (2007) Catching life: the contribution of arts initiatives to recovery approaches in mental health. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 14 (8). pp. 791-799. ISSN 1365-2850

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This paper draws on a qualitative study that was undertaken as part of a national research study to assess the impact of participatory arts provision for people with mental health needs. It explores how arts and mental health projects may facilitate some of the key elements of what has been termed a 'recovery approach' in mental health. It is argued that it is precisely these elements--the fostering of hope, creating a sense of meaning and purpose, developing new coping mechanisms and rebuilding identities--which are hard to standardize and measure, yet may be the most profound and significant outcomes of participation in such projects. Therefore, in the context of a growing emphasis on recovery-orientated mental health services, while not necessarily being appropriate for all service users, arts and mental health initiatives could make an essential contribution to the future of mental health and social care provision.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: arts participation, creativity, hope, identity, recovery
Faculty: ARCHIVED Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education (until September 2018)
Depositing User: Repository Admin
Date Deposited: 30 Apr 2012 09:06
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2021 19:03

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