1st Edition

The Handbook of Mental Health and Space Community and Clinical Applications

Edited By Laura McGrath, Paula Reavey Copyright 2019
    340 Pages 20 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    340 Pages 20 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Handbook of Mental Health and Space brings together the psychosocial work on experiences of space and mental distress, making explicit the links between theoretical work and clinical and community practice. The change from an institutional to community care model of mental health services can be seen as a fundamental spatial change in the lives of service users, and the book aims to to stimulate discussion about mental healthcare spaces and their design.With contributions from those involved in theorizing space, those drawing on their own experiences of distress and space, as well as practitioners working on the ground,the book will be of interest to mental health practitioners and academics.

    Table of Contents

    Introduction *

    Part One: Institutional spaces: Containing distress in the walls of the hospital *

    Chapter One: Regulation and resistance in the smoking room at a mental health ward: struggles for a space ‘in-between’ *

    Agnes Ringer and Mari Holen *

    Chapter Two: Madlove – A Designer Asylum *

    Anna Zorwaska *

    Chapter Three: Children’s spaces of mental health: users’ experiences of two contrasting Child and Adolescent Mental Health outpatients in the UK *

    Sarah Crafter *

    Chapter Four: Negotiating adult authority: Young people’s experience of adolescent mental health wards. *

    Jason Poole & Paula Reavey *

    Chapter Five: Using experience-based co-design to improve inpatient mental health spaces *

    Zoë Boden, Michael Larkin, Neil Springham *

    Chapter Six: Sensory Space in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Inpatient Care *

    Nathan Parnell & Bernice Rooney *

    Part Two: Community Spaces: Beyond the Therapy Room. *

    Chapter Seven: Sustaining spaces: Community meal provision and mental wellbeing *

    Rebecca Graham, Darrin Hodgetts, O. Stolte & Kerry Chamberlain *

    Chapter Eight: Bursting bubbles of interiority: Exploring space in experiences of distress and rough sleeping for newly homeless people. *

    Laura McGrath, Tassie Weaver, Paula Reavey & Steven. D. Brown *

    Chapter Nine: Caring spaces and practices: Does social prescribing offer new possibilities for the fluid mess of ‘mental health’? *

    Carl Walker, Orly Klein, Nick Marks and Paul Hanna *

    Chapter Ten: Spaces of ‘sanctuary’: Unfolding older, mental health service users’ experiences within the spaces of the home *

    Lesley-Ann Smith *

    Chapter Eleven: Spatial and social factors associated with community integration of individuals with psychiatric disabilities residing in supported and non-supported housing *

    Greg Townley *

    Chapter Twelve: Social media and mental health: A topological approach *

    Lewis Goodings and Ian Tucker *

    Chapter Thirteen: Walking through and being with nature: Meaning-making and the impact of being in UK wild places *

    Elizabeth Freeman and Jacqueline Akhurst. *

    Part Three: Interventions in Space and Place *

    Chapter Fourteen: "Geedka Shirka" (Under the Tree): cultural, migratory and community spaces for preventative interventions with Somali men and their families *

    Amira Hassan, Iyabo Fatimilehin, and Carolyn Kagan *

    Chapter Fifteen: Tea in the Pot, ‘third place’ or ‘social prescription’? Exploring the positive impact on mental health of a voluntary women’s group in Glasgow *

    Maria Feeney *

    Chapter Sixteen: Institutionalising people in the community: A reflection on distress *

    Vimala Uttarker *

    Chapter Seventeen: Incorporating service user perspectives and the role of the home environment in mental health design *

    Stephanie Liddicoat and Joe Forster. *

    Chapter Eighteen: The Outsider Gallery: Using art and music to open up mental health spaces. *

    Ben Wakeling and Jon Hall *


    Laura McGrath is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of East London. She leads the undergraduate programme in Clinical and Community Psychology.

    Paula Reavey is Professor of Psychology at London South Bank University. She is also Research Consultant at St. Andrews Healthcare and a director of The Design in Mental Health Network UK. 

    "Great to see consideration of the healthcare environment and how the physical spaces we occupy affect our mental wellbeing. This book covers several diverse areas and includes the voices of those using the services as well as people working in and designing the spaces."

    Dr Lucy Maddox, Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Writer