schizophrenia

Seabreeze: South London Mental Health Trial

Organisation: 
South London & the Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust; Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London; Dance United

The partners wanted to test an intervention for young adults aged 18 – 35 living in south London in the early stages of diagnosis and treatment of schizophrenia, bipolar and other mental health conditions. The typical profiles included those who had sought help for psychological problems, with impairment in psychosocial functioning and specific signs and symptoms indicating high risk of bipolar disorder; those with an early diagnosis of schizophrenia, or experiencing psychosis or being treated by their GP for depression/anxiety.

Research into art therapy and schizophrenia

Research has been published in the British Medical Journal looking into the efficacy of art therapy when applied in groups for people with a diagnosis of schizophrenia. The study, which has been criticised for its limited nature, failed to establish a clear link between art therapy and improved health outcomes. More details are on the LAHF blog here http://lahf.wordpress.com/

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