Some time ago, Mental Spaghetti was cited as a resource for further reading in Roberta McDonnell’s book, Creative and Social Support in Mental Health. Roberta has recently got in touch to provide a summary PDF to readers of Mental Spaghetti as the book may prove useful. The book is available to buy, however it’s rather expensive, so this one is aimed more at mental health professionals and degree students, or people with flush wallets. An interesting and informative read, none-the-less, so if you can get hold of a copy, do get stuck in.
“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.”
There is a chapter available to read on Amazon, if you click the ‘look inside’ option and scroll through.
Read the book blurb, below…
“Creativity and Social Support in Mental Health explores service users’ lived experiences of mental health recovery within a day-centre setting where creative activity and social support were key aspects of the service. These two facets, creative activity and social support are established as conducive to mental health, particularly when in partnership with one another and when there is a venue in which to gather on a regular and frequent basis. McDonnell argues that the uplifting effects of creative activities such as art, music, and creative reading and writing (bibliotherapy), alongside the communality incorporated into the general ethos and social setting of many of the projects cited, are a positive force for change and that resource allocation and integrated care models should reflect this new paradigm. These findings are situated within a framework that takes into account current publicised debates on the nature of psychiatry and mental health care and suggests that creativity and social support are at least as important as mainstream medical treatment, especially within a recovery and health promotion model.”