Creative Practice and Mutual Recovery
Connecting Communities for Mental Health and Well-Being
This highly collaborative programme 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
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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.
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- 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.
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- Hogan, S. 2016. The Tyranny of Expectations of Post-Natal Delight: Gendering Happiness. Journal of Gender Studies. Special Issue: Gendering Happiness. Journal of Gender Studies, DOI: 10.1080/09589236.2016.1223617.
- Hogan S. 2016. Working Across Disciplines: Using Visual Methods in Participatory Frameworks in S. Pink, Fors, V. & O’Dell, T. (eds.). Theoretical Scholarship and Applied Practice. London: Berghahn.
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- Martikke, S. 2014. Mutual Recovery through Creative Connection: National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement Public Engagement Case Study. Available:
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- 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).
- 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.