Mobile Arts for Peace (MAP) at Home: Digital Art-based Mental Health Provision in response to COVID-19

Breed, Ananda, Uwihoreye, Chaste, Ndushabandi, Eric , Elliott, Matthew and Pells, Kirrily (2022) Mobile Arts for Peace (MAP) at Home: Digital Art-based Mental Health Provision in response to COVID-19. Journal of Applied Arts and Health . ISSN 2040-2457

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This article will provide an example of how the Mobile Arts for Peace (MAP): online psychosocial support through the arts in Rwanda project used digital art-based workshops to facilitate social and community cohesion and mental health provision. During the COVID-19 pandemic, there was an increased need for psychosocial support due to the economic and social pressures of lockdown and yet, many individuals had less access to mental health provision. While many mental health services around the world went online, there was still a gap between the Global South and Global North in terms of digital literacy, access to smart phones and computers, and the variation between psychosocial support through individual versus collective healing alongside indigenous and traditional versus Western psychosocial approaches. Implications for the use of art-based digital methods as a tool for mental health provision during and after the wake of the pandemic are explored.

Keywords:COVID-19, Psychosocial, Digital Methods, Rwanda, Mental Health, Applied Performance
Subjects:W Creative Arts and Design > W990 Creative Arts and Design not elsewhere classified
C Biological Sciences > C841 Health Psychology
Divisions:College of Arts > School of Fine & Performing Arts > School of Fine & Performing Arts (Fine Arts)
ID Code:47445
Deposited On:30 Nov 2021 13:08

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