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Creativity and Social Support in Mental Health

Service Users’ Perspectives

  • Authors

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
  2. Introduction: The Current State of Play

    1. Roberta McDonnell
      Pages 1-16
  3. Ideas and Evaluation in Creativity and Social Support

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-17
    2. Roberta McDonnell
      Pages 19-41
    3. Roberta McDonnell
      Pages 42-62
    4. Roberta McDonnell
      Pages 63-75
    5. Roberta McDonnell
      Pages 76-92
  4. Modes and Meanings in Service Users’ Experience

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 93-93
    2. Roberta McDonnell
      Pages 95-113
    3. Roberta McDonnell
      Pages 114-120
    4. Roberta McDonnell
      Pages 121-139
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 166-204

About this book


This book weaves together service users' lived experiences of mental health recovery and ideas about how creative activities such as art, music, and creative reading and writing can promote it, particularly within social and community settings.


Creativity Social Support Mental Health Well-being Arts and Crafts Music community creativity Evaluation health service state Therapeut therapy User Experience (UX) well-being writing

About the authors

Roberta McDonnell worked in mental health nursing, then completed her BA and PhD in social anthropology at Queen's University Belfast, Northern Ireland. She left her university research post to pursue interests in counselling studies and creative writing.

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