Lorna Collins

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Lorna Collins, FHEA, FRSPH is an artist, filmmaker, writer and arts educator. She is the author of Making Sense: Art Practice and Transformative Therapeutics (Bloomsbury) and a series of children’s fiction, beginning with Squawk: A Book of Bird Adventures (Pegasus). She is co-editor of Deleuze and The Schizoanalysis of Visual Art (Bloomsbury). She has written articles about mental health, the NHS, creativity and art in The Independent, The Guardian and The British Medical Journal. Lorna’s artistic, literary and research outputs respond to her lived experience of traumatic brain injury, total amnesia and decades of detainment with psychiatric illness. Her TEDx Talk, discussing all of the above, is called “How Creativity Revived Me".


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‘Hearing Voices’ and self-help groups: hope and support for people who hear voices


Lorna Collins reflects on a systematic review exploring the benefits of Hearing Voices and other self-help groups for people with auditory hallucinations.

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People with psychosis who attend more leisure activities have a higher quality of life


Lorna Collins reviews a cross-sectional study that found the quality of life of people with psychosis is higher when they participate in leisure activities.

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Art therapy groups: many mental health patients are keen, but access remains limited


Lorna Collins reviews a cross-sectional study exploring the views and preferences of mental health service users about art therapy groups and treatment.

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Art and mental health on Instagram


Lorna Collins summarises a study looking at the impact of artwork posted on Instagram. She considers how art can promote mental health awareness, and the impact that sharing can have on the artist.

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Mood changes during art workshops: what can they teach us?


Lorna Collins reviews a novel study which uses an experience sampling method to track momentary wellbeing over the course of an arts on prescription scheme, to predict changes in global wellbeing for people with anxiety and depression.

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Recovery narratives by young people with mental health difficulties


Lorna Collins reviews a qualitative study on how young people with mental health difficulties perceive and define recovery and their personal journey.

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Stigma and eating disorders: theory and practice


Lorna Collins writes her debut elf blog on a recent mixed-methods systematic review, which asks: How do people with eating disorders experience the stigma associated with their condition?

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