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Nurs Times. 2010 May 11-17;106(18):18-20.

Does prescribing participation in arts help to promote recovery for mental health clients?

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  • 1School of Nursing, University of Nottingham.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Although recovery has become the focus of mental health policy in the UK, few models of practice show how mentalhealth nurses may promote recovery through participatory arts.

AIM:

To explore the experiences of people who engaged with an arts on prescription programme.

METHOD:

This study used narrative inquiry and participants were interviewed three times over one year.

RESULTS AND DISCUSSION:

Participants clearly benefited, especiallyin terms of having a "safe place" to come to, and from making new friends and experiencing peer support. It also enabled some to access education an d voluntarywork.

CONCLUSION:

Engaging with community based arts activities may provide opportunities for clients to make friends, become more socially engaged and have a greater sense of belonging.

PMID:
20521585
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