Journal of Recovery in Mental Health

Volume 7, Number 2, 2024 Caregiver Special Issue

Ruth Luginbuehl

Acrylic mixed media on stretched canvas, including found objects like feathers, leaf ‘skeletons’, sand, rocks, rust.

Size: 40 x 30 cm (16 x 12 in)

Expressive art became increasingly important in my life, first as a pediatrician, later as a medical art therapist in palliative care. I feel privileged to be allowed to accompany my clients on a very intimate part of their lives. On their journey art opens the stage to an articulation of feelings, where there are no words to express and explore them. In addition, art plays an important role in my selfcare as a care giver.“Holding Space” is my own way of grieving the death of one of my pediatric clients. The choice of colors represents heaven and earth, and where the two meet. The selected found objects give voice to impermanence. On this last part of that little girl’s journey there was a lot of holding hands involved, caring for the patient, as they support each other.

Table of contents (9 articles)


Perspectives, Opinions, Viewpoints

  1. A Parental Perspective On A Diagnosis Of Schizophrenia
  2. Who Care for our Caregivers? Building the Evidence For Change
  3. Mindful Moments for Family Caregivers
  4. The co-production of an intervention facilitating informal caregivers to support adults at risk of suicide and serious self-harm: A brief report
  5. Caregiver Mental Health: A Crucial Piece of the Recovery Puzzle
  6. “My Mother Makes Films to Cope with Her Demons”: Confronting Normality
  7. Aging Well Together: Promoting Brain Health for Aging Individuals with IDD and Their Families
  8. NAMI Family-to-Family Program Focuses on Family Caregiver Needs


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