** This library will grow over the coming weeks… **

Arts and Health / Mental Health Resources

Arts for Health Manchester Director Clive Parkinson’s excellent weekly blog rounds up the latest news from the arts and health world:

Dementia and Imagination: Research Informed Approaches to Visual Arts Programmes

Report by Dr Rebecca Gordon-Nesbitt of Arts for Health: Exploring the Longitudinal Relationship Between Arts Engagement and Health 

Coming soon: K. Taylor A Metasynthesis Reviewing 27 Studies on the Role of the Arts in Mental Health Recovery

Center for Arts in Medicine provide a comprehensive Research Database

Read a blog from Greater Manchester Director of Public Health Alan Higgins, on Health as a Social Movement and the Live Well Make Art initiative

Nous Magazine for mind cultural and empathic thinking

Ziggy’s Wish are a small team of specialists, that brings together larger teams of professionals, in order to help overcome the challenges that occur when:
you have important issues on one hand,
a lack of understanding on the other, and
barriers to conversation in between.

Hoax, a trilogy of artworks telling the true story of a young man from Manchester, his poetry, life and death with schizophrenia. In 2014 the award-winning stage musical HOAX My Lonely Heart and graphic novel HOAX Psychosis Blues launched to sellout audiences at The Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester.

Following much acclaim from the health sector and the awarding of Strategic Touring funding fromArts Council England, these two pieces, joined by a narrative app, have now been further developed into the HOAX Our Right to Hope event: a groundbreaking experience that seeks to explore and understand stigma around mental health. This work is evaluated by a team of researchers and clincians at the Psychosis Research Unit.

Psychosis Research Unit, Manchester

Recommended Books:

Baker, Bobby (2010) Diary Drawings Profile Books London.

Berger, J. (1972) Ways Of Seeing Penguin Books London.

Koestler, Arthur (1964) The Act of Creation Hutchinson & Co. London.

De Botton, A., & Armstrong, J. (2016) Art As Therapy Phaidon Press.

Malchodi, C (ed) (2005) Expressive Therapies Guilford Press New York.

Read, Herbert (1943) Art As Education Faber and Faber London.

Online Resources:

The Art of Wellness: online course on Visual Arts and Health

Arts and Dementia 


Bartlett, R. (2010) Broadening the Dementia Debate: Towards Social Citizenship The Policy Press Bristol.

Killick, J. & Craig, C. (2012) Creativity and Communication in Persons with Dementia: A Practical Guide Jessica Kingsley Publishers London.

Killick, J., Allan, K., Lang, R., Zoutewell-Morris, S., Hodge, N., Cameron, I. (2012) Playfulness in Dementia: A Practical Guide Jessica Kingsley Publishers London & Philadelphia.

Kitwood, T. (1997) Dementia Reconsidered: The Person Comes First Open University Press Philadelphia. A SEMINAL TEXT ON DEMENTIA.

Rosenberg, Parsa, Humble, & McGee (2009) Meet Me: Making Art Accessible to People with Dementia The Museum of Modern Art New York.

Online Resources

Dementia and Imagination
Investigating how can art make a difference to people with dementia and their families carers and communities, this 3 year Arts and Humanities Research Programme completed data collection in 2016.

The Conversation
Combining Daycare for Children and Elderly People Benefits All Generations
by Dr Catrin Hedd-Jones

Created Out of Mind
Residents at the Hub, at The Wellcome Collection in London, the team aims to explore, challenge and shape perceptions and understanding of dementias through science and the creative arts.

Insightful Guardian article in Science and Technology on new Wellcome Trust Hub project Created Out Of Mind: Forgetting But Not Gone: Dementia and the Arts 


Bipolar Disorders

Recommended Books

Caramangno, Thomas C. (1992) The Flight of The Mind: Virgina Woolf’s Manic Depressive Illness University of California Press.

Fieve, Ronald R. (2006) Bipolar II Holtzbrinck Publishers.

Jamison, Kay Redfield (1995) An Unquiet Mind Picador Classics London, New York, Canada.
A brilliantly candid and courageous memoir from a leading expert on manic depressive moods.

Jamison, Kay Redfield (1992) Touched with Fire: Manic Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament Free Press Paperbacks.

Jones, S., Haywood, P. & Lamb, D.(2002) Coping With Bipolar Disorder Oneworld Oxford.

Whybrow, Peter C. (1995 & 2015) A Mood Apart Original Henry Holt. New Edition Basic Books (2015).

Online Resources

Cooke, A. (Ed). (2014). Understanding Psychosis and Schizophrenia: Why people sometimes hear voices believe things that others find strange, or appear out of touch with reality, and what can help. A report by the British Psychological Society Division of Clinical Psychology.

Understanding Bipolar Disorder a useful research-based report from the British Psychological Society

For a large programme of leading research in bipolar disorder visit The Spectrum Centre for Mental Health Research at Lancaster University

Recommended Blogs 

Coming soon!

More Psychology

Recommended Books

Bentall, R.P. (2003) Madness Explained Penguin Books London.

Davies, J. (2013). Cracked: Why psychiatry is doing more harm than good. London: Icon Press.

French, Smith, Sheers, Reed and Rayne (2010) Promoting Recovery in Early Psychosis Blackwell Publishing London.

Gladwell, Malcolm (2005) Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking Penguin Books London and NY.

Jung, Carl (1967) The Spirit in Man, Art and Literature Routledge London.

Kinderman, P. (2014). A prescription for psychiatry. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Lao-Tzu (1993 Edition – ancient Chinese text) translated by Stephen Addiss and Stanley Lombardo Tao Te Ching Hackett Publishing Company Indiana & Cambridge

Perry, Philippa Couch Fiction: A Graphic Tale of Psychotherapy (2010) Palgrave MacMillan UK & New York.

Sacks, Oliver ANY OF HIS BOOKS:

Sacks, Oliver (2011) The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat
An Anthropologist on Mars
A Leg To Stand On 
Seeing Voices
An Island of the Colourblind
Uncle Tungstun
Oaxaca Journal
The Mind’s Eye

Storr, Anthony (1992) Music and the Mind Harper Collins.

Tan, S., Pfordresher, P., Harre, R. (2010) Psychology of Music; From Sound to Significance Psychology Press New York.

Wilkinson, R. & Pickett, K. (2009). The Spirit Level: Why More Equal Societies Almost Always Do Better. London: Allen Lane.

Yalom, Irvine ANY OF HIS BOOKS

Yalom, Irvine D. (1999) Momma and the Meaning of Life Basic Books US & London
Love’s Executioner and Other Tales of Psychotherapy
Staring at the Sun

The Gift of Therapy
Existential Psychotherapy
Every Day Gets a Little Closer
Encounter Groups: First Facts
Inpatient Group Psychotherapy
The Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy
When Nietzsche Wept
Lying on the Couch

Recommended Websites and Blogs

Coming soon!

Raising Awareness

Films made by Guy’s and St Thomas Hospital to raise awareness among staff about Dementia.

Finally… Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowships

The WCMT funds UK citizens to investigate inspiring practice in other countries, and return with innovative ideas for the benefit of people across the UK.

I will feature a blog about others’ Fellowships and also on the process of successfully applying.