The art of wellbeingBMJ 2019; 367 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l6772 (Published 16 December 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;367:l6772
- Niamh Brooks
“Nothing is ever too much of a big idea here. There is a willingness to make things work.”
This comes from Sarah, an artist exhibiting at Bethlem Gallery and a former patient of the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust. She describes the gallery as a combination of the professional art world and a safe space for creativity. It’s a balance that supports people through treatment and recovery; in Sarah’s case it has also aided career opportunities.
“I had treatment for eating disorders over 18 months at the Maudsley hospital,” Sarah explains, “I was a photographer who hated being in front of the camera. During my treatment I became inspired to use photography therapeutically to look at myself differently. Rather than focus on how my body …