Books, Articles and Research
How Mindfulness Can Help Your Creativity
This article introduces mindfulness and meditation, as well as recent research that shows the positive effect of these practices in increasing creative problem solving and adaptability. The author discusses implications of this effect for recovery from mental health problems, specifically in relation to suicide prevention. He notes that people contemplating suicide may be thinking in habitual and even rigid ways, and that mindfulness and meditation may help them move out of these ways of thinking and come up with alternative ways to address issues they are facing, which in turn may bring them relief.
Promoting mental well-being and social inclusion through art: Evaluation of an arts and mental health project
Researchers in this study review the benefits reported by consumers following their participation in introductory art courses offered by an arts and mental well-being project. Questionnaires used at the start and end of courses showed that participants recognized improvements in well-being and social inclusion.
Firewalkers: Madness, Beauty & Mystery
VOCAL Virginia used grant funding from SAMHSA's Campaign for Mental Health Recovery to produce a living anthology of stories of people who have experienced the turbulence of a mental health crisis. A guide to radically rethinking mental health, Firewalkers redefines mental illness as "a journey of emotional turbulence, crazy blessings, ecstatic visions, and mad gifts."
The effect of healing gardens and art therapy on older adults with mild to moderate depression.
This study evaluated the effect of garden walks alone, garden walks with guided imagery, and art therapy on mild to moderate depression in older adults. Focus group interviews at the end of the 6-week intervention suggest that all 3 interventions were helpful to participants with mild to moderate depression.