Spandler, Helen, Secker, Jenny, Kent, L, Hacking, Suzanne and Shenton, J (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 1351-0126
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2850.2007.01174.x
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.
|Uncontrolled Keywords (separate with ;):||arts participation; creativity; hope; identity; recovery|
|Subjects:||B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology|
N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
|Schools:||College of Business, Law & Applied Social Studies > School of Social Work|
|Deposited By:||Lorna Marie Burrow|
|Deposited On:||03 Feb 2010 15:21|
|Last Modified:||04 Dec 2012 11:14|
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