Mental health

Music artists join Studio Connect mental health support programme

BRIT award winning artist NAO, and acclaimed rapper/producer Jords have joined the Key Changes “Studio Connect” programme as music industry mentors. The Studio Connect programme is an online service designed to support the mental health needs of vulnerable Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups following the Covid-19 crisis. 

Mini-series aims to support young people’s mental health post-Covid-19

Youth Arts Charity Peer Productions has developed a new mini-series, 50 Days: Alone Together, to support teenagers’ mental health, in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The series follows the lives of a small class of year 12 pupils as they check in, via video conferencing software, with their form tutor over the first 50 days of lockdown.

Artists sought to deliver Matinée Outreach project – deadline 24 August 2020

Matinée, the Derbyshire based scheme that initially focused on providing dementia friendly film events for those living with dementia and their friends, family and carers, has launched a new project in response to Covid-19. The scheme is seeking two artists to work creatively with individual households with people living with dementia and currently isolated due to the coronavirus crisis, to develop their sense of connectedness.

Further details of the roles and project, and how to apply can be found here

 

Arts and Minds vacancies – deadlines 31 July & 7 August 2020

Arts and Minds, the Cambridgeshire micro-charity that uses the arts to help people living with mental health challenges, has opportunities available for trustees, a Programme Manager and a Finance & Office Manager.

The successful applicants will play a role in Arts and Minds’ mission to use the arts to support the positive mental health of individuals and communities.

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

 

Network launched to support Covid-19 mental health studies

The Wellcome Trust is funding a network of longitudinal studies on the global mental health impact of Covid-19, led by an international steering group of scientists and mental health professionals.

COVID-Minds links together studies from countries around the world, supporting the sharing of protocols and data, the harmonisation of mental health measures, and the dissemination of findings to policy-makers and health bodies.

The network will collate empirical research on mental health as it is published and send fortnightly newsletters to help researchers stay up to date.

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.

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