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Art in Mental Health

There was an art exhibit called Day 1 at this years dramatherapy conference by Amit Sharma which had been exhibited as part of Mental Health Awareness Week (May) with Shadow Road and OSO Arts Centre. The piece explored a way to use art within supervision within the field of mental health. I was particularly drawn to the wire sculpture. The head was fractured by the wall behind which the torso was attached to creating a brokenness with the impression of […]

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Collapsible #DramatherapistAtEdFringe

Collapsible is a brilliant one woman play by Margaret Perry produced by High Tide and Ellie Keel. Esther has just lost her job and recently broken up with her girlfriend. “I feel like a chair… like one of those folding chairs, you know?… Those collapsible chairs. Solid one minute and then.” Collapsible by Margaret Perry She asks her friends and family to describe her in a word or phrase and makes a list of her qualities to share at interviews. […]

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Going Slightly Mad by BigMind Theatre Company #DramatherapistAtEdFringe

Based on a true story, this play follows Max (Lizzie Lewis) who has just been sectioned under the mental health act. Only Max knows she is not mad. She she may be on some kind of reality TV show, she may have mind altering powers to control other people, she may be God or a god. But she is definitely not mad. Locked away with four other supposedly mad people, all waiting in this Short Term Assessment Centre; waiting for […]

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You’re Going To Get Mentally Ill – Now What? Part of the Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas #DramatherapistAtEdFringe

Screening for Schizophrenia is now almost as accurate and reliable as screening for cancer. In this talk, Stephen Lawrie, Professor of Psychiatry and Neuro-Imaging at the University of Edinburgh shares his latest research and asks “would you want to know?” Arguably the “worst disease that afflicts mankind”, Stephen explored what schizophrenia is (how it is similar and different to other forms of psychosis such as bipolar, manic depression or drug induced psychosis). Schizophrenia usually manifests during a person’s mid 20’s; […]

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