Palgrave Studies in Creativity and Culture

Creativity, Wellbeing and Mental Health Practice

Authors: Gillam, Tony

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  • Provides recommendations to improve effectiveness in mental health nursing practice
  • Considers how mental health care might be considered a creative activity in itself
  • Argues that the conditions for creativity and wellbeing are the same for us all regardless of our mental health
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This book argues that some aspects of mental health practice have become mechanical, joyless and uninspiring, leading to a loss of creativity and wellbeing. A high level of wellbeing is essential to mental health and contemporary mental health care – and creativity is at the heart of this. 
A greater awareness of everyday creativity, the arts and creative approaches to mental health practice, learning and leadership can help us reinvent and reinvigorate mental health care. This, combined with a clearer understanding of the complex concept of wellbeing, can enable practitioners to adopt fresh perspectives and roles that can enrich their work.  
Creativity and wellbeing are fundamental to reducing occupational stress and promoting professional satisfaction. Introducing a new model of creative mental health care combined with recommendations for wellbeing, Creativity, Wellbeing and Mental Health Practice is a practical, evidence-based book for students, practitioners and researchers in mental health nursing and related disciplines.

About the authors

Tony Gillam is Senior Lecturer in Mental Health Nursing at the University of Wolverhampton and Visiting Lecturer at the University of Worcester, UK. An award-winning mental health nurse, he is also a freelance writer and musician, has published numerous articles and is author of Reflections on Community Psychiatric Nursing.

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"This book provides a new model for creative mental health and considers the notion of creativity and its interaction with the creative arts and caring interventions provided by mental health nurses. … There are no comparable books available in mental health nursing. This one is an easy read with a lot of excellent ideas and interventions. It is very useful, not only for mental health nurses, but for all mental health service providers.” (Laura Kelly, Doody's Book Reviews, May, 2018)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)
  • Introduction: Creativity, Wellbeing and Mental Health

    Pages 1-14

    Gillam, Tony

  • Understanding Creativity

    Pages 15-30

    Gillam, Tony

  • Creativity and Mental Health

    Pages 31-45

    Gillam, Tony

  • Understanding Wellbeing and Mental Health Nursing

    Pages 47-70

    Gillam, Tony

  • Applying Creativity in Practice

    Pages 71-86

    Gillam, Tony

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eBook $39.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-74884-9
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $54.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Creativity, Wellbeing and Mental Health Practice
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Creativity and Culture
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Pivot
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-74884-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-74884-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-74883-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 159
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