Creative Practice and Mutual Recovery
Connecting Communities for Mental Health and Well-Being
This highly collaborative programme funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (grant number AH/K003364/1) aims to examine how creative practice in the arts and humanities can promote the kinds of connectedness and reciprocity that support 'mutual recovery' in terms of mental health and well-being.
Creative practice could be a powerful tool for bringing together people with mental health needs, informal carers and health, social care and education personnel, to connect in a mutual or reciprocal fashion to enhance mental health and well-being.
This programme marks a radical shift in vision that could generate new pathways for transforming these often discrete groups of people into egalitarian, appreciative and substantively connected communities - resilient communities of mutual hope, compassion and solidarity.
For more details contact:Professor Paul Crawford
You Can't Take That Away From Me
Dr Gene Beresin at Harvard Medical School / Massachusetts General Hospital, and the Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds talks about his personal experience of sharing music and experiencing 'mutual recovery' while undergoing surgery.
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- Argyle, E. & Winship, G. 2015. Creative Practice in a group setting, Mental Health and Social Inclusion, 19, 3: 141-147.
- Atanasova, D., Koteyko, N., Brown, B. & Crawford, P. 2017 Representations of mental health and arts participation in the national and local British press, 2007-2015. Health: an interdisciplinary journal for the social study of health, illness and medicine. In press. 1363459317708823 (ISSN: 1461-7196).
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- Callahan, K., Schlozman, S., Beresin, E. & Crawford, P. 2017. The use of music in mutual recovery: A qualitative pilot study. Journal of Applied Arts and Health, 8 (1): 103-114.
- Callahan K, Schlozman SC, Beresin EV. (in press) Creative Arts Therapies and Mutual Recovery Treatment in the United States: A Review of the Literature. Psychiatric Services.
- Chao, W., Yujie, H., Hua, F., Longfeng, C., Wen, Q., Junyang, L., Crawford, P. & Junming, D. 2017. Effects of a mutual recovery intervention on mental health in depressed community-dwelling adults: A cluster randomised trial. BMC Public Health 17. 4/1-4/10 ISSN 1471-2458.
- Clarke, S., Winship, G., Manning, N. & Clarke, J. 2016. Therapeutic Communities. Chapter in: The Art and Craft of Mental Health Nursing. Edited by Mary Chambers. London. Sage.
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- Fancourt, D., Perkins, R., Ascenso, S., Carvalho, L.A., Steptoe, A. & Williamon, A. 2016. Effects of group drumming interventions on anxiety, depression, social resilience and inflammatory immune response among mental health service users, PLoS ONE, 11 (e0151136), 1-16.
- Fancourt, D. & Williamon, A. 2016. Attending a concert reduces glucocorticoids, progesterone and the cortisol/DHEA ratio, Public Health, 132, 101-104.
- Hogan, S. 2015. Mothers Make Art: Using Participatory Art to Explore the Transition to Motherhood. Journal of Applied Arts & Health Vol. 6 (1) pp. 23-32. ISSN: 20402457.
- Hogan, S., Baker, C., Cornish, S., McCloskey, P. & Watts, L. 2015. Birth Shock: Exploring Pregnancy, Birth and the Transition to Motherhood Using Participatory Arts in Burton, N. (ed.) Natal Signs: Representations of Pregnancy, Childbirth and Parenthood. Canada: Demeter Press. pp.272-269. ISBN: 978-1-926452-32-6.
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- Hogan, S., Sheffield, D. & Woodward, A. In press. The Value of Art Therapy in Antenatal and Postnatal Care: A Brief Literature Review. International Journal of Art Therapy (IJAT, formerly Inscape).
- Jordan, M., Wright, E. J., Purser, A., Grundy, A., Joyes, E., Wright, N., Crawford, P., and Manning, N. Capoeira for beginners: Self-benefit for, and community action by, new capoeiristas. Sport, Education, & Society.
- Lewis, L. .2014. Mutuality in the research encounter: some reflections on the ethico-politics of conducting interviews. Contribution to the Creative Practice as Mutual Recovery Seminar Series, Methodologies, University of Nottingham, June. Available: www.wlv.ac.uk/connectedcommunities
- Martikke, S. 2014. Mutual Recovery through Creative Connection: National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement Public Engagement Case Study. Available:
- Martikke, S., Church, A. & Hart, A. 2015. Greater than the sum of its parts: What works in sustaining community-university partnerships, GMCVO, pp. 106-7. Available: https://www.gmcvo.org.uk/greater-sum-its-parts-what-works-sustaining-community-university-partnerships
- Pérez, E., Ball, M., Brown, P., Crepaz-Keay, D., Haslam-Jones, E. & Crawford, P. 2016a. Kundalini Yoga as mutual recovery: a feasibility study including children in care and their carers. Journal of Children’s Services, 11(4), pp. 1-22, Open Access, ISSN 1746-6660.
- Pérez, E., Henckert, D. & Churchill, D. 2016b. Video Interactive Guidance (VIG): a reflective pedagogical tool for enhancing learning goals and compassion in the context of Clinical Communication Skills education, pp. 360-362. In Peterkin, A. & Brett-MacLean, P. (Eds.) Keeping Reflection Fresh. Kent State Press (Literature and Medicine series).
- PEREZ VALLEJOS, E, HASLAM-JONES, E and PICKARD, D, 2018. Creative Practices as Mutual Recovery: Flamenco-Yoga Papeles de Trabajo sobre Cultura, Educación y Desarrollo Humano.14(3), 80-89
- Perkins, R., Ascenso, S., Atkins, L., Fancourt, D. & Williamon, A. 2016. Making music for mental health: how group drumming mediates recovery, Psychology of Well-Being, 6 (11), 1-17.
- Saavedra, J., Pérez, E., Crawford, P., y Arias, S. 2017. Recovery and creative practices in people with severe mental illness: evaluating well-being and social inclusion. Disability and Rehabilitation. doi: 10.1080/09638288.2017.1278797
- Saavedra, J., Arias, S., Crawford, P. & Pérez, E. 2017. Impact of creative workshops for people with severe mental illness: Art as a means of recovery. Arts and Health. Accepted 06/09/2017. In press. DOI: 10.1080/17533015.2017.1381130
- Saavedra-Macías, J., Arias-Sánchez, S., de la Cruz, E., Galán, M.L., Galván, B., Murvartian, L., and Vallecillo. N. 2016. La recuperación mutua en personas con trastornos psicológicos o diversidad funcional a través de la práctica creativa [Mutual recovery in people with psychological disorders or functional diversity through creative practice]. Arte, Individuo y Sociedad, 28, 339-354.
- Winship, G. 2016. A meta-recovery framework: positioning the ‘New Recovery’ movement and other recovery approaches. Journal of Psychiatric & Mental Health Nursing, 23, 66–73.