Impact of creative workshops for people with severe mental illness: art as a means of recovery

Saavedra, Javier and Arias, S. and Crawford, Paul and Perez, Elvira (2017) Impact of creative workshops for people with severe mental illness: art as a means of recovery. Arts and Health: An International Journal for Research, Policy and Practice . ISSN 1753-3023

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Abstract

Background: In line with recovery theories, psychosocial programs for people diagnosed with severe mental illness (SMI) should focus more on wellbeing and social connectivity outcomes rather than clinical symptoms. This paper assesses the impact of creative workshops participation on the psychological wellbeing, social connectivity and subjective experience of people diagnosed with SMI.

Method: After participating in a creative workshop in a museum, 19 people, including service users, keyworkers, the art facilitator and a psychologist were interviewed. Four observers participated in the workshop and provided information about the creative process by means of a discussion group. Data was analysed in accordance with thematic analysis methodology and triangulated in order to obtain reliability.

Results: Five essential categories were identified: learning process, social connection, psychological wellbeing, institutional change and mutual recovery.

Conclusions: Creative activities may cause a transformation of the image of dysfunction associated with mental illness as well as promoting health and recovery.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Arts and Health: An International Journal for Research, Policy and Practice on 9 October 2017 available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/17533015.2017.1381130
Keywords: Mental Health; Recovery; Visual Arts; Museum; Schizophrenia
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Health Sciences
University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Medicine
Identification Number: 10.1080/17533015.2017.1381130
Depositing User: Eprints, Support
Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2017 10:19
Last Modified: 26 Oct 2017 15:58
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/46983

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