Seabreeze: South London Mental Health Trial

South London & the Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust; Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London; Dance United

The partners wanted to test an intervention for young adults aged 18 – 35 living in south London in the early stages of diagnosis and treatment of schizophrenia, bipolar and other mental health conditions. The typical profiles included those who had sought help for psychological problems, with impairment in psychosocial functioning and specific signs and symptoms indicating high risk of bipolar disorder; those with an early diagnosis of schizophrenia, or experiencing psychosis or being treated by their GP for depression/anxiety.

At the heart of the trial stood a four-week full-time dance-based intervention, in which participants, recruited by their clinical workers, learnt how to dance and then rehearsed and performed an original dance work to invited audiences. They also engaged in trust-building and team-building exercises and shared healthy lunches.

Supported using public funding by the Arts Council England