The roving diagnostic unit– art, madness, fun and the potential for change

Tischler, Victoria ORCID: (2019) The roving diagnostic unit– art, madness, fun and the potential for change. Arts and Health, 11 (2). pp. 174-182. ISSN 1753-3015

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Mental health issues are common and remain highly stigmatised despite high profile campaigns. In the European Union, the direct and indirect costs of mental health problems including treatments and lost productivity are estimated at €450 billion per year ("European Framework", 2016). Treatment is typically delivered via mental health services led by psychiatrists, and usually dominated by diagnostic labelling and the use of psychoactive medications. Within the field, diagnosis is contested, with a schism between neurological and socially informed approaches. The push towards advances in neuroscience and the increased 'biologising' of mental health means that relationships, meanings and values are demoted, that is, the wider context of a person's life assumes less importance (Bracken et al, 2012; Rapley et al, 2011).

This paper considers the concepts of labelling and diagnosis and how they may be explored using arts-based practice, specifically The Roving Diagnostic Project. The potential of this type of project to influence artistic practice is also explored.

Item Type: Article
Identifier: 10.1080/17533015.2018.1443949
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Arts and Health on 03/10/2018, available online:
Keywords: Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous), Medicine (miscellaneous)
Subjects: Arts > Gallery and museum
Medicine and health > Mental health
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Depositing User: Victoria Tischler
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2018 19:10
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2024 15:55


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