We recently read this fantastic article about the high-profile artists who came together to create a private art gallery in a London psychiatric ward. Turner Prize winners and renowned fashion photographers are displaying their work for viewers at the Phoenix Unit – a secure psychiatric hospital in Tooting. It is home to 18 residents with severe and enduring mental health problems who live there, on average, between one and three years as they recover and regain their independence.
The project, called Hospital Rooms, has brought together 10 of Britain's most prolific contemporary artists, including photographer Nick Knight, who has previously collaborated with designer Alexander McQueen, to rejuvenate the space.
We thought this was really interesting because arts therapies can be helpful for any kind of mental health problem, whatever your diagnosis. Arts therapies are a way of using the arts – for example, music, painting, drawing, writing, dance or drama – in a therapeutic environment. A trained therapist will help you to express yourself by creating something, such as a piece of music or a painting. This can help you express your feelings, often without using words.
Arts therapies can be particularly helpful if you feel distanced from your feelings, or perhaps you find it too upsetting to talk about painful experiences, and would therefore find it difficult to benefit from talking therapies, such as counselling or psychotherapy.
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