Books, Articles and Research
Mental Health Court Helps Save a Troubled Talent from the Street
Published in October 2013, this article shares an inspiring success story of San Francisco's Behavioral Health Court, which allowed a young woman to get treatment rather than putting her in jail and in the process helped her to bring music back into her life. Her success story highlights the value of programs such as these, which help to rehabilitate individuals who have run-ins with the law that are associated with symptoms of their mental health problems. These programs often are able to help people get back onto their feet and remain out of the criminal justice system while adhering to individual treatment plans and reclaiming their lives.
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.