1st Edition

Routledge Handbook on Spaces of Mental Health and Wellbeing

    536 Pages 47 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This handbook, critically examines spaces of mental health and well-being across multiple, often intersecting, domains from green and blue spaces to lived and embodied spaces, creative spaces, work and home spaces, and institutional and post-institutional spaces.

    The Routledge Handbook on Spaces of Mental Health features 44 chapters from leading international scholars who collectively interrogate the spatial dimensions of mental health and wellbeing from conceptual and experiential viewpoints. The ways in which these theoretical developments prompt a re-thinking of mental health and wellbeing as concepts is also discussed before presenting some highlights from the handbook’s 5 main sections – (1) green and blue spaces, (2) lived and embodied spaces, (3) creative spaces, (4) work and home spaces, and (5) institutional and post-institutional spaces. The key benefits of this book include a great appreciation of the complex networks and assemblages of mental health and wellbeing, the value of a geographical/spatial approach to thinking about mental health, and the vast array of spaces and places that are implicated in human and posthuman notions of wellbeing.

    This book will be of interest to students and scholars across the social sciences and the humanities as well as researchers and practitioners in the fields of psychology, psychiatry, social work, nursing, health geography, social and cultural geography, anthropology, mental health social studies, cultural, theory, and architecture.

    1 Introducing the Routledge Handbook on Spaces of Mental Health and Well-Being



    2 Introducing Green and Blue Spaces

    Part A: Implications for Mental Health


    3 Greenspace programmes for mental health

    Wendy Masterton


    4 Ten big picture actions for mainstreaming gardening into public health 

    Jonathan (Yotti) Kingsley


    5 What is the Right Dose of Nature for Mental Health? Quantity, Quality, Distance, and Exposure Time

    Marco Garrido-Cumbrera


    6 Nature contact and burnout

    Thomas Astell-Burt, Michael Navakatikyan and Xiaoqi Feng


    7 Biodiversity for Health and Wellbeing

    Jessica Fisher, Gail E. Austen, Martin Dallimer, Katherine N. Irvine and Zoe Davies


    8 The affective quality of blue spaces – The Case Study of a Wetland in Wakiso District, Uganda

    Sophie-Bo Heinkel and Thomas Kistemann


    Green and Blue Spaces

    Part B: Critical Perspectives


    9: Untangling nature-based Interventions’ influences on participants’ mental wellbeing: Critiquing 'nature on prescription'.

    Andy Harrod and Nadia von Benzon


    10 Seeking asylum, ‘therapeutic landscapes’, agency and lived citizenship.

    Josephine Biglin


    11 Green gentrification and its impacts on mental health: unveiling the evidence on sociocultural and physical exclusion linked to green and blue spaces

    Margarita Triguero-Mas and Helen V.S. Cole


    12 How do we understand the impact of immersion in blue space on mental health and wellbeing?

    Hannah Denton, Kay Aranda and Charlie Dannreuther


    13 Lifestyle sports, social justice, blue space and mental health inequalities 

    Belinda Wheaton and Rebecca Olive


    14 Intoxicated: Men, Mental Health, Wellbeing, and Pollution in Blue Spaces

    Clifton Evers




    15 Introducing Lived and Embodied Spaces


    16 Feeling SAD: embodied geographies of seasonal affective disorder

    Shawn Bodden, Hayden Lorimer and Hester Parr


    17 Geographies of Panic: Towards a relational conceptualisation of panic ‘disorder’

    Candela Sánchez-Rodilla Espeso


    18 Taking up space: anorexia nervosa and embodied healing

    Grace Lucas


    19 Dance Movement Psychotherapy in acute adult psychiatry: space, time and affective atmospheres in the ward landscape

    Mary Coaten


    20 Embodiment and space in understandings of suicide and self-harm

    Amy Chandler, Sarah Huque, Rebecca, Helman, Joe Anderson and Emily Yue


    21 The university as a lived space: The experience of students in distress

    Emma Farrell and Sheena Hyland



    22 Introducing Creative Spaces


    23 Spaces of Australian Indigenous Song and Dance

    Paul Callaghan and Jesse Hodgetts


    24 Caring through circulation: reflections on affect and materiality at the second-hand book market of College Street, Calcutta

    Diti Bhattacharya


    25 BAJO EL OLIVO (Under the Olive Tree): Experimenting with A Posthuman Life and Landscape with Radical Affection in an Artist Residency

    Juliana España Keller


    26 Distributed Assemblages of Cognition and Health (Or) How TikTok ate my Mind

    Jamie McPhie and David A. G. Clarke


    27 Distance and Belonging in the Studio

    Christian Edwardes

    28 Creative Spaces of Disaster Recovery

    Kate E. W. Douglas


    29 Regional arts festivals as infrastructures of care

    Michelle Duffy, Judith Mair and Elaine Stratford



    30 Introducing Work and Home Spaces


    31 Recovering Place and Wellbeing for Individuals with Mental Illness 

    Nastaran Doroud and Ellie Fossey


    32Permanent Supportive Housing: A Key Role in Serving the Needs of Unhoused Individuals

    Deborah K. Padgett


    33 Exploring the complex negotiation of home, aging, and mental health: Haven or not?

    Rachel Herron


    34 Haven or Hell?: An introduction to trauma informed design as a mechanism for place-based healing

    Julia Woodhall-Melnik, Cassandra Monette, and Erin MacKenney 


    35 Breadwinning, Mental Health and the Geographies of Masculinity

    Robert Wilton and Ann Fudge Schormans


    36 Creating space for youth mental health online:  A clinician’s perspective

    Candice P. Boyd


    37 Landscapes of trauma and mental health

    Jesse Proudfoot




    38 Introducing Institutional and Post-Institutional Spaces


    39 ‘Healing Architecture’ and the Spatial Organization of the Psychiatric Clinic

    Thorben Peter Høj Simonsen


    40 Islands as Spaces of Institutionalised Mental Health and Wellbeing

    Robin Kearns and John Connell


    41 The New Institutional Landscape for People with Mental Health Problems

    Alain Topor, Tore Dag Bøe, Oyvind Hope, Ottar Ness and Jan Friesinger


    42 A New Space for ‘Curing Madness’: Circulation of an Open-Door model between France and Argentina in the early 20th century

    Hervé Guillemain and Fernando Ferrari


    43 Carceral Riskscapes in the Institutions of Care

    Virve Repo


    44 Writing the Asylum: Archive and Creativity in the Abandoned Space

    Gillean McDougall


    45 Mental health geography in the cracks: between abolition and reform

    Ebba Högström and Chris Philo


    Candice P. Boyd is an artist-geographer and clinical psychologist. They are currently an honorary Principal Fellow in the School of Geography, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Melbourne researching spaces of mental health and well-being, arts-based knowledge translation, and climate-related mental health issues.  They are author of Exhibiting Creative Geographies (2023) and Non-Representational Geographies of Therapeutic Art Making (2017), co-author of Emotion and the Contemporary Museum (2020), and co-editor of Non-Representational Theory and the Creative Arts (2019).

    Louise E. Boyle is a health geographer and Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Geographical and Earth Sciences at the University of Glasgow, Scotland. She completed an ESRC-funded PhD on The Social and Anticipatory Geographies of Social Anxiety Disorder (2019) and built on this research through an ESRC Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship (2020-2022). She is the author of Anxious Geographies: Worlds of Social Anxiety (Routledge, 2024).

    Sarah L. Bell is a health geographer at the University of Exeter, whose work examines experiences of mental health, wellbeing, disability and social inclusion in and with diverse forms of ‘nature’ - from parks, gardens, woodlands, coast and countryside to the weather, seasons and climate change (www.sensing-nature.com). Most recently, Sarah has been developing new collaborations to understand how the climate crisis – and prominent societal responses to it – is shaping the everyday lives and adaptive capacities of people with varied experiences and histories of disability (www.sensing-climate.com).

    Ebba Högström is Professor in Architecture at Umeå University. Her research interest is in social and experiential dimensions of architecture and the built environment. A specific interest is in geographies of welfare institutions and infrastructures of care. Currently, she is engaged in research projects addressing housing and living environments for vulnerable groups, i.e., people with mental ill-health and older people. Together with C Nord, she has-edited the book Caring Architecture: Institutions and Relational Practices (2017).

    Joshua Evans is associate professor of human geography at the University of Alberta. He is a social geographer with interests in spaces of care, home, and work and their role in shaping the lived experiences of socially marginalized and vulnerable individuals, as well as spaces of policy development and implementation and their role in the creation of healthy, enabling and equitable urban environments. His most recent research focuses on housing, homelessness and urban justice.

    Alak Paul is a health geographer at the University of Chittagong, Bangladesh. His research interest covers stigmatized diseases and public health. He focuses on everyday geographies of marginalized or vulnerable people in his research, especially how geographic space or place plays a role in reshaping the life of people or the environment. He is the author of HIV/AIDS in Bangladesh: Stigmatized People, Policy and Place (2020) and co-editor of Geography in Bangladesh: Concepts Methods and Applications (Routledge, 2019) and The Palgrave Handbook of Social Fieldwork (2023).

    Ronan Foley is an Associate Professor in Health Geography and GIS at Maynooth University, Ireland, with expertise in therapeutic landscapes and geospatial planning within health and social care environments. His research focuses on relationships between water, health and place, including two books and journal articles on holy wells, spas, social and cultural histories of swimming and ‘blue space’. He is an Editorial Board member of Health & Place, was Editor of Irish Geography, 2015-2022 and chairs the MU Healthy Campus Steering Group. He collaborates on water/health projects with colleagues in Ireland, UK, Spain, Germany, New Zealand and Australia.