Art in the community for potentially vulnerable mental health groups

  • Elaine Argyle, Gillie Bolton
  • Health Education, October 2005, Emerald
  • DOI: 10.1108/09654280510617178

Art and Mental Health Promotion

Photo by Yannis Papanastasopoulos on Unsplash

Photo by Yannis Papanastasopoulos on Unsplash

What is it about?

Drawing on literature and the evaluation of a UK community Arts for Health project, this article aims to demonstrate that, in spite of the common association in mental health practice between art and the use of psychotherapeutic techniques, involvement in art creation can, in itself, have a sustained and positive impact on the mental and social wellbeing of participants

Why is it important?

While the implementation of traditional forms of art therapy tends to be the preserve of those with specialist training, process-orientated art for health projects can be both versatile and effective and are developments in which many practitioners can play an important part. More widespread and sustained funding as well as further evaluation and research is therefore needed for this accessible and cost effective means of health promotion in a community setting.

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