Mental health

Applications invited for MSc Creative Arts and Mental Health

Queen Mary University of London is inviting applications for its MSc Creative Arts and Mental Health for the academic year 2020-21. The MSc is a partnership between the Drama Department (School of English and Drama) and the Centre for Psychiatry (School of Medicine and Dentistry) at Queen Mary.

Funding for arts and mental health organisations – deadline 18 August 2020

The Baring Foundation has opened its first funding round to support arts and mental health organisations. This fund is designed to support established organisations in the UK that focus solely on offering creative opportunities to people of any age living with mental health problems using the skills of professionally trained artists.

The grants are unrestricted and the foundation expects to award grants of £12,000 - £15,000 depending on the level of demand.

Governance, Finance and Operations Manager – deadline 19 July 2020

The What Works Centre for Wellbeing is seeking someone to take responsibility for its overall coordination and administration, setting the stage, and providing the necessary foundations for the centre to thrive and deliver on its mission. The successful candidate will work closely with the Director, Head of Finance and Board as part of a small team with support from a Senior Administrator.

Full details of the role and how to apply can be found here

 

Call for papers on arts, creativity and health

Public Health, an international, multidisciplinary peer-reviewed journal, has issued a call for papers for a special issue centred around arts creativity and health. Submissions covering original research and reviews are welcomed from across the spectrum of arts and culture to include: performing arts, visual and creative arts, museums, libraries, archives and other types of heritage, such as archaeology and natural heritage, where creative tasks and activities have been invoked to support health and wellbeing.

Training for musicians in mental health settings – 27 September 2020

Nicola Wydenbach and Emily Foulkes, experienced singing practitioners working with people with mental health issues, will lead this online training day for practitioners hoping to work in this field. The training will offer practical insights into how to work in this sector, as well as a toolkit of useful songs, ideas and practice.  

Nicola is the MD of the Mind and Soul Community Choir, established at the Maudesley Hospital in 2006. The choir will also be taking part so trainees can gain real life skills and meet people with lived in experience.

m4d Radio launches to help those living with dementia

Music for Dementia has launched m4d Radio to help bring music into the lives of people living with dementia. The five free radio stations play music from the 1930s onwards, including one designed to bring together listeners of all ages in a care home setting with a mix of music.  

Following focus groups and feedback the five stations have been curated to create a source of appropriate music. The programme includes sessions on music to move to, songs from musicals, and soothing night-time tracks.

Arts and therapy in the time of the pandemic – 18 June 2020

Edge Hill University’s Research Centre for Arts and Wellbeing is holding a free online event to explore the contribution of the arts and arts psychotherapies to health and wellbeing during the Covid-19 pandemic. The event is being held in collaboration with the International Arts Therapies Doctoral Alliance led by New York University. 
 

Solitude and the encounter, Queen Mary University – 19 June 2020

Queen Mary University of London is running a one-day webinar on 19 June to examine contemporary encounters between the arts and mental health, as part of the Mad Hearts Conference. The webinar features Professor Femi Oyebode, Laura Fischer and John Richardson and will combine clinical, artistic and research perspectives for a contemporary reinterpretation of mental health science and practice.

The webinar is relevant for service users, mental health professionals, artists, and researchers and those interested in how the arts can contribute to mental health.

Creativity and Wellbeing Week reimagined

We are happy to share that, alongside our partners the Culture, Health & Wellbeing Alliance (CHWA), we have re-imagined Creativity & Wellbeing Week 2020.

We may not be able to come together in the same way, but we do want to provide a space where people can celebrate the incredible individuals and organisations that work in this sector. 

Arts & Health Hub launches initiative to connect artists

Daniel Regan of the Arts & Health Hub has created a free space to support artists to connect and share creative ideas during the coronavirus outbreak.

Learn more about the collaborative resource and sign up here.

 

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