Vital Spaces and Mental Health

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Reavey, P and Brown, S D (2019). Vital Spaces and Mental Health. Medical Humanities. 0, pp. 1-10.
AuthorsReavey, P and Brown, S D
Abstract

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’.

Year2019
JournalMedical Humanities
Journal citation0, pp. 1-10
PublisherBMJ Publishing Group
ISSN1468-215X
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1136/medhum-2018-011609
Publication dates
Print02 May 2019
Publication process dates
Deposited03 May 2019
Accepted25 Mar 2019
Accepted author manuscript
License
CC BY-NC 4.0
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