Mental Health & Wellbeing

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In 2014 we worked with Arts and Minds to conduct initial research into the benefits of arts and culture on the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people and early intervention in mental health support. The following outlines our responses and actions:

  1. Early Arts Intervention: activity should be prioritised at Early Years, Primary and Key Stage 3 levels.
  2. Filling the Gaps: the report finds emerging evidence for this practice which can be strengthened.
  3. Mental health for young people and children should be a high priority in all areas of work: we will work to raise awareness with commissioners and other stakeholders.
  4. Be informed: Festival Bridge will actively disseminate relevant research and evaluations to develop awareness of the impact arts and culture can have in this field.

We intend to make children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing a key theme for development through 2018-22 and welcome approaches for anyone looking to develop the work in the area. Please get in touch with us for more information.

Download the Early intervention mental health support report

Download the Arts and Minds- Arts on Prescription report


Early intervention mental health support

Research by Arts and Minds and Susan Potter

Arts and Minds- Arts on Prescription

Pilot Studies Report

Mental Health & Wellbeing Workshop

As part of our People. Place. Potential conference on Wednesday 8 November 2017.

With facilitator Helen Shearn. Helen works freelance providing consultancy, facilitation and production in Arts, Mental Health and Wellbeing. Having 15 years experience and co-producing and implementing the Arts Strategy for South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM) and many multi-partnership programmes plus orchestrating Art in Mind at Tate Exchange. She has spoken on arts and culture for asylum seekers and refugees at the National Institute for Health and Welfare, Finland; on heritage, mental health and dementia For the Heritage Lottery Fund and on the Journeys of Appreciation Programme for AESOP.

Outcomes of the session and guidance for evaluating mental health and wellbeing projects to ensure robust outcomes:

  • Ensure you include the voice of young people
  • Use clinical partners to help – talk to occupational therapists, patient public involvement leads
  • Involve service users
  • Examine outcomes together to draw conclusions

Look at existing frameworks:

The Warwick/ Edinburgh mental health and wellbeing scale

Canterbury Wellbeing Scale

Mental health impact assessment

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