Mind

This page displays some of the research, stories, and other items that are relevant to mental health. Although focused on mental health, this information is relevant to all people affected by long-term conditions, as the mind has such a direct and powerful effect on attitude, behaviour and lifestyle, as well as  physical health.

There are hundreds of studies that show how creative activities can have a profound impact on mental health – those listed here are just a selection of the most recent and/or relevant. See also the ‘All conditions‘ page for items relevant to all conditions.

Mind – research

Taking part in the arts improves empowerment, mental health and social inclusion

This study, ‘Evaluating the impact of participatory art projects for people with mental health needs’ (2008) , published in ‘Health and Social Care in the Community’ aimed to provide a more robust outcome analysis of the claims that had been made about participatory art and mental health. The research included three measures: empowerment, mental health […]

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Painting reduces attendance at surgery and improves self-confidence

A GP surgery appointed an artist-in-residence to work alongside staff and patients, because GPs felt that a large number of problems were primarily not medical in origin, and were concerned about over-medicalisation of normal life. Patients with long-standing mental health problems showed measurable increases in self-confidence scores and their very high attendances at the surgery […]

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Mind – in the media

Article on Music and Wellbeing

To coincide with BBC Wales Music Day, Liz Coombs, Senior Lecturer in Creative and Therapeutic Arts  in the School of Education has an article published today as part of the Government’s consultation on measuring the nation’s wellbeing. The article focuses on the role that music can play, both in therapeutic terms and more generally, in […]

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Watch clips from BBC’s Headroom mental health project …

POETRY: Showcase Live, features participants from a poetry project for men with mental health problems in Leicester. SINGING: Sing your heart out a choir for people with mental health problems in Norwich. DANCE: Dance Base from Edinburgh which supports young people in a variety of challenging circumstances.

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Mind – also of interest

Mental Health and Dance factsheet from the Media Trust

‘Mad for Dance’ is a series of five short films look at how dance has helped five people overcome their mental distress.  This factsheet, from the Media Trust, provides information on mental health organisations in general and dance related groups. www.mediatrust.org

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Theatre Company Spare Tyre’s programme for people with dementia

Theatre Company Spare Tyre has developed an innovative programme to reach out to dementia sufferers, using multi-media to create an experience of the senses.  The programme, which will tour around residential homes and centres throughout 2011, consists of hour-long interactive storytelling sessions delivered by Spare Tyre artists and the participants will be actively involved. The […]

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Mind – stories

Noah

Case studies from the Arts on Prescription Programme delivered by City Arts (Nottingham) Ltd January 2011. Research carried out by Dr Theodore Stickley and Ada Hui from Nottingham University. For further programme details visit www.city-arts.org.uk or contact Programme Manager Kate Duncan at kate@city-arts.org.uk. For confidentiality, pseudonyms have been used in the following case studies. Noah […]

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Gracie

Case studies from the Arts on Prescription Programme delivered by City Arts (Nottingham) Ltd January 2011. Research carried out by Dr Theodore Stickley and Ada Hui from Nottingham University. For further programme details visit www.city-arts.org.uk or contact Programme Manager Kate Duncan at kate@city-arts.org.uk. For confidentiality, pseudonyms have been used in the following case studies. Gracie […]

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