mental health

Out of the Blue (OOB)

HOOT Stretch Yourself - Charleston Live © Jenni Baker
HOOT Sing Your Head Off © Olivia Hemingway
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Aims: Out of the Blue offers regular weekly access to a wide range of participative arts activity for people with mental health needs. It aims to increase involvement in the arts both as participants and audiences, in the process developing new skills and fostering improvements in social, emotional and physical wellbeing. It works on a co-production model, including people as active agents in developing bespoke programmes of arts-engagement geared to promoting social inclusion, self-determination and self-confidence, personally and artistically.

Six Ways to Wellbeing

Turner Contemporary and Mandy Quy Verlander

Partnership between Kent County Council Public Health, Royal Opera House Bridge and Artswork – delivered in six districts in Kent by arts and cultural partners working in consortia with libraries, healthy living centres and voluntary and community organisations:

Aims and Objectives:

Music in Mind (MiM)

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We believe the most vulnerable should not rely on the whims and eccentricities of funding and grant giving systems. Our work is transformational, but the complex needs of participants can result in it being viewed as comparatively expensive. This risks making it potentially unattractive to grant funding models which in part judge outcomes for quantitative not qualitative impact. Such funding mechanisms negatively impact upon long term sustainability and outcomes of some of our most challenging work.

Creative Heritage in Mind

Mixed Media Puppets by Juliet Lockhart and participants

The Association for Suffolk Museums (AfSM) and Norfolk & Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT), developed  a collaborative working partnership through a yearlong project; Creative Heritage in Mind. The project was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and delivered arts and heritage courses in four Suffolk Museums. The project sought to establish ways that health care and heritage sectors can come together to meet a shared aim of contributing to people’s well-being through engagement in culture, heritage and art.


Light Box The Happiness Project

THE HAPPINESS PROJECT was an arts-based intervention, delivered by a community interest
company called LIGHT BOX PROJECT to promote good mental health in the wider Bristol

USE evaluation outcomes to develop an ongoing project.
CREATE and employ a robust evaluation framework.
SUPPORT people with mental health problems.
PROVIDE an early intervention facility.
PROMOTE mental health.
PREVENT mental illness.

01/03/10 - 31/03/10, prototype
01/04/11 - 30/06/11, pilot
01/10/12 - 31/05/15, project

Inspiring Minds

Inspiring Minds - Start in Salford
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Start’s ‘Inspiring Minds’ service is for people suffering with mental health conditions ranging from mild /moderate to more severe and enduring problems. This programme consists of weekly studio-based creative workshops and encourages members aged 18 plus to access various learning opportunities and pre employment skills supporting them to recovery which ultimately leads them back into the community.

Taking the Line for a Walk - Discovering a Creative Identity, The Learning Lab and Front Room Gallery

Joyce Armstrong  Art Psychotherapist and Group Facilitator

Aware of the need for access to meaningful art activity in an environment that was outside of statutory health institutions, the facilitator considered how she could enable people who are experiencing mental ill health, and who often feel excluded from the communities in which they live, the opportunity to become involved creatively at the very heart of our city.


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To aid further research and development of X-System into additional uses to support more rapid, successful and economic outcomes in health care.

Description of the arts activity

Raw Sounds

Raw Sounds

Raw Material is a music and media education organisation in Brixton, South London

Project eARTh (Environmental Arts &health)

Project eARTh, High Peak Community Arts

Aims and objectives:
For adults experiencing mental distress or other long term conditions to work collectively in high quality participatory arts projects to create art works for local communities.

  • Through the above, for participants to improve wellbeing, learn new skills, build confidence and self -esteem, be more ready to meet challenges, to reduce isolation, be more active in the community, and improve their life chances.
  • To enrich people’s lives through creation of high quality artworks.

Description of the arts activity

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Supported using public funding by the Arts Council England