mental health

Make Your Mark

Make Your Mark

‘Piloting the use of Arts Award in therapeutic work with children and young people’ By Joanna Stevens, former Lead for Arts Therapies at Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, and Cindy Cox and Catherine Orbach, Co-Directors, Culture Shift.
In June 2013, Sussex Partnership held an introductory session on Arts Award for 25 health professionals in collaboration with Culture Shift. Participants’ feedback confirmed they saw using Arts Award in mental health practice as a valid area of enquiry and practice development.

Mental health and volunteering at Bradford Museums and Galleries

Bradford Museums and Galleries

Mental health and volunteering at Bradford Museums and Galleries.
This is an ongoing initiative to provide volunteering opportunities for people experiencing mental health issues in our museums and to embed this within our service.

Description of the arts activity

Adamson Collection Trust

The Adamson Collection Trust

Aim:  Promoting the role of arts in psychological recovery for those with lived experience.

i.  Preserving the physical integrity of the Adamson Collection and associated archives;
ii. Re-visiting the legacy of the pioneer of British art therapy, the artist Edward Adamson.

Funding sources: Adamson Collection Trust (ACT), Wellcome, Maudsley Charity.

Delivery dates: Jan 2010 – Dec 2015.

Nordoff Robbins Evidence Bank (3rd edition)

Nordoff Robbins

The aim of this web-based publication is to collate research papers and other key sources of information, to help practitioners locate the resources they need quickly and easily. Following the success of the first (2010)and second (2012) edition, this third edition provides 21 Accounts with over a thousand references.

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.

Wellbeing: A Complete Reference Guide, Volume VI, Interventions and Policies to Enhance Wellbeing

Using an evidence-based approach and case studies from a wide range of life domains, Interventions and Policies to Enhance Wellbeing examines the most successful existing strategies to promote wellbeing and mental health.


Moving Forward Project 2012-2014 Impact Evaluation

Creative Future

The Moving Forward Project is a three year project from 2012-2015 providing creative workshops to socially excluded adults. The target was to engage 120 people in 7 locations across Sussex in year one increasing to 200 people in 12 locations by year 3. The three outcomes we hoped to achieve were:

Dynamix first year evaluation

Dynamix is a music and health programme developed and delivered by Sound It Out to four Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) wards at the Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

Dynamix provides access to practical music making for children and young people experiencing mental health conditions. The pilot project involved young inpatients, some of whom had been resident for up to one year.

Cultural Attendance and Public Mental Health

The research on the health benefits of intensive engagement with creative and cultural activities through art therapy and workshops led by artists is well recognised in the literature on cultural impact. In general, this engagement involves small numbers and, in the current climate, is unlikely to receive sufficient investment to make a difference at a population level.

Research into art therapy and schizophrenia

Research has been published in the British Medical Journal looking into the efficacy of art therapy when applied in groups for people with a diagnosis of schizophrenia. The study, which has been criticised for its limited nature, failed to establish a clear link between art therapy and improved health outcomes. More details are on the LAHF blog here

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