A guide for artists working in mental health settings. Themes of the session include:
The connection between the arts and mental health
Therapeutic uses of creative activity
A breakdown of common psychiatric conditions and their symptoms
Reducing effects of labelling and stigmatization
Ethical issues and the responsibilities of a therapeutic relationship
User empowerment and social inclusion
How to find artistic work in the field of mental health
Rob Gee worked for eleven years as a registered psychiatric nurse in psychiatric units around the UK and Australia. Specialising in acute psychiatry, he has also worked in child and adolescent units, drug and alcohol services, therapeutic communities, eating disorder services, early psychosis intervention and psychiatric intensive care.
Now a full time comic and poet, Rob has clocked up over 3000 shows internationally and won 19 awards for his solo shows, as well as several poetry slams. He is the lead artist for BrightSparks Comedy Asylum and regularly leads workshops in comedy, poetry and improvisation in psychiatric settings around the country. His workshops in comedy, poetry and mental health received The Make Me Happy Award at the 2013 Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival.