Following on from my previous post, I find it confusing that BLPT can be publicising the positive effects of art for service users and carers at the same time as intending to end art therapy within WAMH. In this month's "You Matter" magazine for service users and carers, there is mention of a client who has won a national award for her paintings, a service user group which is producing and selling hand made cards, the positive effects of art projects within two wards, and praise for another group of service users who have produced a book of poetry and art work. The magazine also quotes from a DoH publication:
"Arts can make a significant contribution to improving the health and well being of patients, service users and carers".
So how is it that the same Trust is declaring that there is no evidence that art therapy does any good - when they are themselves providing evidence that it does?