Empowerment Through Mentorship
People with mental health conditions and a criminal history face a dual stigma. Individuals with mental health conditions are also often stereotyped as dangerous or potentially violent, which makes social interaction difficult. Wolfensberger’s social role valorization theory states that an individual’s value is determined by what a person has to offer society, making it difficult for society to see value in those facing this dual stigma. This chapter will give examples of how art mentorship through peer-led craft workshops assist with reducing stigma, creating community, and providing valuable social roles for individuals who have been committed to a psychiatric hospital by the criminal justice system.