Creativity and Mental Health


This module will provide you with the opportunity to develop skills in creative interventions. Creative Interventions are increasingly becoming an integral part of mental health nursing. A recent example is the embracing of Social Prescribing in GP surgeries throughout Sutton Wellbeing and nurse’s sign posting service users to non- statutory organization who provide an array of creative projects to support the service user on their journey. However, as there can be a delay to access these projects, it is therefore crucial that the nurse can provide this much-needed approach.                                                                                     In the recovery movement, it is actively encouraged for staff to inspire service users by sharing their own interests and hobbies (Watkins, 2007, p.150). The contemporary mental health nurse needs to cultivate skills in brief and creative interventions. This module will prepare you to develop this essential skill to support the service user to unburden themselves in creative ways, thus being responsive and attending to the immediacy of their needs. This module will help you to understand that you are ideally placed to deliver creative interventions in nursing care by journey alongside the service user using various different mediums. This module will combine both the arts, sciences and evidence-based practice in order to enable you to develop as a creative nurse.

To enable you to develop your communication skills through creative interventions and will use these skills to build trusting relationships.

  • To assist you in exploring how both creative arts and creative interventions can help to express the lived experience across the lifespan, and how these interventions can help to inform the nurse of the service user’s care needs.
  • To develop your skills when undertaking an assessment with a service user, through an array of media.
  • To develop your knowledge of utilising creative interventions as an informal assessment tool which will help to inform you, the service user and carer about their self-management; and how the service user can discover their intrinsic motivation.
Learning Outcomes  

Demonstrate being an active member of an experiential group and display creative skills.

  • Work with an individual service user to give new insights for both you, the individual and their families into how they can achieve wellbeing through creative interventions.
  • Informally assess and recognise the immediacy of the individual’s presenting needs and respond creatively.
  • Ensure that, when delivering given interventions, they are accessible for all individuals and are person centred.

Indicative Content

  • Assessing and responding to the needs of the individual in a holistic and person-centred way to develop appropriate care plans
  • Assessment of capacity in order to make decisions about care and to give or withhold consent.
  • Quality assurance and evaluation of service user experience
  • What is to be human- basic human psychology across the lifespan
  • Personalisation and personhood
  • An introduction to Human givens therapy
  • Human Rights

Culture and spirituality Living in a community Social inclusion Employment and housing Using and nurturing existing support networks for the individual to promote recovery.

Indicative Content cont…

  • Using collaborative practice in order to realise and put into practice effective interventions.
  • Alternative therapies, Green Therapies, Nature Based therapies, Social Prescription
  • Homelessness
  • Loneliness and a sense of belonging
  • Creative arts
  • Working with voices

Social media

Voluntary and statutory services

Gaining confidence and forming ideas for creative group work

Gender informed care to include: Sexuality and gender, Equality, Engaging males collaboratively, Women’s Mental Health, Menopause, LGBTQ+

The student is to present their artefact to their peers, to reveal how the creation of the artefact provided insight in to their ‘lived experience’. This is to be delivered using a process of analysis and reflection, as to how the artefact communicated and expressed these new understandings. To finish summarise what you have learned from this exploration and it’s implication for practice


You will be creating an artefact in the form of, for example, a poem, song, poster, film, podcast, piece of artwork or photograph. You will write a supporting paper in which you will explore your artefact and how it promotes creative interventions and recovery for an identified individual. (2500 Words)

Assessment Criteria

  1. Give a rationale for the chosen artefact and how this relates to self discovery and insight (LO1).
  2. Discuss how creative interventions enables a person to communicate and express their lived experience and promotes wellbeing and recovery (LO2),
  3. Reflect on your experience and how this might be incorporated into person centred care and its implication for your practice, for individuals or groups. (L.O3, L.O4)
  4. Presentation, structure, grammar and referencing

consistent with level 4 academic study

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