Art and mental health in Samoa Academic Article uri icon


  • To pilot an art and mental health project with Samoan and Australian stakeholders. The aim of this project was to provide a voice through the medium of art for people experiencing mental illness, and to improve the public understanding in Samoa of mental illness and trauma.Over 12 months, a series of innovative workshops were held with Samoan and Australian stakeholders, followed by an art exhibition. These workshops developed strategies to support the promotion and understanding of mental health in Samoa. Key stakeholders from both art making and mental health services were engaged in activities to explore the possibility of collaboration in the Apia community.The project was able to identify the existing resources and community support for the arts and mental health projects, to design a series of activities aimed to promote and maintain health in the community, and to pilot these programs with five key organizations.This project demonstrates the potential for art and mental health projects to contribute to both improving mental health and to lowering the personal and social costs of mental ill health for communities in Samoa.


  • Ryan, B
  • Goding, M
  • Fenner, P
  • Percival, S
  • Percival, W
  • Latai, L
  • Petaia, L
  • Pulotu-Endemann, FK
  • Parkin, I
  • Tuitama, G
  • Ng, C

publication date

  • 2015