Maeve O’Brien

Loneliness, Radical Mental Health and Art Therapy

A society driven individualism has reduced our capacity to process negative feelings in constructive ways and is creating increasing loneliness in young people. Being open about what makes us vulnerable is often shrouded in shame. For many it seems counter-intuitive to embrace the potential that negative issues can offer personal and collective development, this is the fundamental principle of ‘Radical Mental Health’.

This project, through both academic and live research, aimed to uncover the role that art can play in facilitating the space – both physically and mentally – to confront negative feelings in empowering and therapeutic ways.

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