S33: A thematic analysis of the benefits and challenges of participating in arts-based groups for mental health recovery.

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Authors: Elyse Williams, Genevieve Dingle, Renee Calligeros, Leah Sharman, Jolanda Jetten

Year: 2017

Event: 2017 TheMHS Conference

Subject: Wellbeing,Lived Experience, Recovery,Research & Evaluation Informing Practice

Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers

Abstract: The School of Hard Knocks runs arts-based programs for disadvantaged adults experiencing marginalisation, social isolation, chronic mental health conditions, and substance abuse. There is emerging evidence that arts-based programs are helpful in mental health treatment. We conducted a qualitative study to explore how participating in these programs could facilitate mental health recovery processes. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 25 choir members, and 23 creative writing group members at two time points. Participants who had dropped out of the group were also contacted for a telephone interview. A thematic analysis revealed that participating in the groups provided psychological resources which led to improvements in mental health, social capital and life aspirations. Challenges relating to attending and connecting with the group were also identified. These findings were explored in relation to theoretical perspectives on social and creative engagement in mental health contexts.

Learning Objectives
Learning Objective 1: Learn the psychological resources that participants can gain from arts-based groups

Learning Objective 2: Understand how these resources can facilitate mental health recovery

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