The art of recovery: outcomes from participatory arts activities for people using mental health services

Stickley, Theodore, Wright, Nicola and Slade, Mike (2018) The art of recovery: outcomes from participatory arts activities for people using mental health services. Journal of Mental Health, 27 (4). pp. 367-373. ISSN 1360-0567

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Background: There is a growing evidence base for the use of participatory arts for the purposes of health promotion. In recent years, recovery approaches in mental healthcare have become commonplace in English speaking countries amongst others. There are few studies that bring together these two fields of practice.

Aims: The two aims of this study were (a) to investigate the validity of the CHIME framework (Leamy et al, 2011) for characterising the experience of Participatory Arts and (b) to use the CHIME framework to investigate the relationship between participatory arts and mental health recovery.

Method: The study employed a two-phase methodology: a rapid review of relevant literature followed by secondary analysis of qualitative data collected from 38 people who use mental health service who took part in participatory arts activities designed to improve mental health.

Results: Each of the recovery processes identified by CHIME are present in the qualitative research literature as well as in the data of the secondary analysis.

Conclusions: Participatory arts activities produce outcomes which support recovery, specifically including enhancing connectedness and improving hope. They can be recommended to people living with mental health problems.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Mental Health on 15 Feb 2018, available online:
Keywords: Arts, CHIME, participation, recovery
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Health Sciences
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Depositing User: Eprints, Support
Date Deposited: 18 Dec 2017 10:53
Last Modified: 04 May 2020 19:32

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