Vital spaces and mental health

Brown, S.D. ORCID: 0000-0001-7841-3225 and Reavey, P., 2019. Vital spaces and mental health. Medical Humanities, 45 (2), pp. 131-140. ISSN 2504-5229

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The impact of social and material conditions on mental health is well established but lacking in a coherent approach. We offer the concept of 'vitality' as means of describing how environments facilitate ‘feelings of being alive’ that cut across existing diagnostic categories. Drawing on the work of Daniel Stern, Thomas Fuchs, Frederic Worms and Cameron Duff we argue that vitality is not solely a quality of an individual body, but rather emerges from attunements and resonances between bodies and materials. We use vitality as a lens to explore how movements within and between assembled sets of relations can facilitate or disable feelings and expressions of being alive. Building upon extended discussions of both inpatient and community based mental health care, we sketch out a research agenda for analysing 'vital spaces'.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Medical Humanities
Creators: Brown, S.D. and Reavey, P.
Publisher: BMJ
Date: 2019
Volume: 45
Number: 2
ISSN: 2504-5229
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 25 Oct 2019 13:53
Last Modified: 02 May 2020 03:00

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