National Centre for Creative Health

The National Centre for Creative Health (NCCH) – a new organisation – has arisen from a two-year inquiry by the UK’s All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Arts, Health and Wellbeing. The inquiry led to the publication of the Creative Health report in 2017. Since then, the APPG…
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‘Light in dark places’: exploring qualitative data from a longitudinal study using creative arts as a form of social prescribing

This research, published in Arts & Health (“An International Journal for Research, Policy and Practice”), was carried out by Mark Redmond, Rachel Sumner, Diane Crone and Samantha Hughes from the University of Gloucestershire. The research abstract says: “Background: This paper draws on a longitudinal…
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‘It’s time to recognise the contribution arts can make to health and wellbeing’

This article by Nicola Slawson inThe Guardian newspaper begins: “ Arts and Minds , a leading arts and mental health charity, has been running weekly art workshops for people experiencing depression, stress or anxiety in Cambridgeshire for the past seven years. Led by an…
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Mental Health, Psychiatry and the Arts: A Teaching Handbook

This teaching handbook has been edited by Victoria Tischler. The publishers say: “This comprehensive book explores how visual art, cinema, music, poetry, literature and drama can inform the teaching and practice of psychiatrists and mental health professionals. Edited and written by…
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Creative Health: The Arts for Health and Wellbeing

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing has produced an inquiry report – Creative Health: The Arts for Health and Wellbeing – Second Edition (July 2017) – that presents the findings of two years of research, evidence-gathering and discussions with patients, health and social care professionals, artists and arts…
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New study provides evidence that art courses can improve mental wellbeing

An article (March 2018) by Rachel Sumner on the PsyPost website says: “Researchers at the University of Gloucestershire have recently evaluated data from nearly 1,300 primary care patients in South West England, finding a course of arts-on-prescription to provide a significant…
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The role of group singing … to promote mental health recovery

From the Nordic Journal of Music Therapy and their abstract of research concerning “Musical recovery: the role of group singing in regaining healthy relationships with music to promote mental health recovery”: “Music therapy has previously been identified as a way to foster processes of mental…
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