Falling Up to Recovery: co-created artistic practice for holistic mental health care in Scotland

Drew Walker, Louise Valentine, Tracy Mackenna

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This paper focuses on Gugging’s model of therapeutic care for mental illness. It introduces the constantly evolving concept of Gugging and its holistic methodology as a sustainable, humane, creative alternative to the predominant model currently adopted in Scotland. Primary research fieldwork is carried out through participation, residency and collaborative processes, in Austria. Gugging advocates an empathetic, person-centred model of healthcare connecting to principles of on-going design for mental health. The theme and concept of Gugging’s process underpins the exploratory nature and creative processes of Falling UP, which itself is a unique, holistic creative intervention, constantly evolving, adapted and honed through practice-based doctoral research; offering a radical rethink of how mental healthcare can be conceptualized and considered in Scotland. In this paper, both Gugging and Falling UP are presented as integral to the lead author’s ongoing recovery from mental illness and his ever-developing relationship to it.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRunning with Scissors
Subtitle of host publication13th International Conference of the European Academy of Design
EditorsLouise Valentine, Joanna Bletcher, Leon Cruickshank
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Number of pages14
EditionSupplement 1
ISBN (Electronic)9780367330569
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Event13th International Conference of the European Academy of Design: Running with Scissors - Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee, Dundee, United Kingdom
Duration: 10 Apr 201912 Apr 2019
Conference number: 13

Publication series

NameDesign Journal
PublisherTaylor & Francis
ISSN (Print)1460-6925


Conference13th International Conference of the European Academy of Design
Abbreviated titleEAD Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
Internet address


  • collaboration
  • community
  • mental illness
  • recovery
  • stigma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design


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