Journal of Public Mental Health: Volume 6 Issue 4

The art, science and politics of creating a mentally healthy society


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The arts, well‐being and society

James Oliver, Paul Murray

There is a long association between the arts and mental well‐being, but this can also be an area of contest and debate. In this commentary on the issues raised by the…

The potent arts

Mike White, Mary Robson

It has been argued that arts participation may be ‘more potent than anything medicine has to offer’ (Smith, 2002). Travelling further upstream from the government's…

Empowerment and arts participation for people with mental health needs

Jenny Secker, Helen Spandler, Sue Hacking, Lyn Kent, Jo Shenton

Empowerment has been described as the ‘holy grail’ of health promotion. This article describes an evaluation of arts participation for people with mental health needs that…

Art in Mind: implementation of a community arts initiative to promote mental health

Theodore Stickley, Kate Duncan

The arts and health agenda has experienced considerable expansion in the UK in recent years, against a backdrop of increasing social inequality and rising incidence of…

Mental health via cultural citizenship

Kevin McCabe, Rosie Summerton, Hester Parr

Arts can make an important contribution to the social inclusion of marginalised groups such as those with mental health problems. In this article three different voices …

Start: a creative approach to mental health care

Wendy Teall

Start Manchester is an arts‐based, face‐to‐face mental health service within the emergent field of arts in mental health. This article describes its work and demonstrates…

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