Creative practice as a mutual route to well-being

  • Elaine Argyle
  • Mental Health and Social Inclusion, July 2020, Emerald
  • DOI: 10.1108/mhsi-05-2020-0035

Creative practice as a mutual route to well-being

Photo by Joshua Ness on Unsplash

Photo by Joshua Ness on Unsplash

What is it about?

Drawing on the evaluation of a series of workshops in painting and drawing, this paper will assess the impact of attendance on the well-being of participants who had been identified as being at risk of developing mental health problems.

Why is it important?

Workshop attendance helped to promote the mutual recovery and inclusion of participants while also enhancing the supportive capacities and social capital of their respective groups. These impacts were broad, sustained and mutually reinforcing, transcending the individual and the group to incorporate wider settings.


Dr Elaine Argyle
University of Nottingham

The importance of the these wider factors are often overlooked by traditional recovery models with their person-centred focus tending to neglect the context in which this recovery is located.

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