Mental health

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.

 

Can real life recovery stories help with your own mental health?

The NEON Collection is the world’s largest collection of real-life mental health recovery stories. Researchers from the Institute of Mental Health, University of Nottingham are running a trial looking at the benefits of accessing other people’s recovery stories. Participants will have online access to the world’s largest collection of recovery stories for up to one year. If you’d like to take part you can find more information here. Everything is online, and there is no face-to-face contact.

 

Culture, Health and Wellbeing: an online training course – ongoing

Created by the Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance, this course will help you develop, deliver and evaluate the impact of arts and culture on health and wellbeing. The course is entirely online and you can study at your own pace.

It aims to:

Create to Connect, 64 Million Artists – currently running until 3 April 2020

64 Million Artists are running daily creative challenges to bring people together virtually during the coronavirus outbreak.

The challenges can be used with friends, family, in school or community groups, or for workmates working from home.

The challenges aim to promote sticking together, having some fun, and creating to connect.

Sign up here

 

Social study of Covid-19 to examine impact of social isolation

MARCH Network has launched a study into the psychological and social experiences of Covid-19 in the UK.

The study aims to understand the effects of social isolation on individuals. The results will be used to track trajectories of mental health and loneliness in the UK over the coming weeks, identify which groups are most at risk, and understand the effects of any potentially protective activities people could be engaging in.

£60,000 of grant funds available in Southwark and Merton – deadline 16 March 2020

Healthy London Partnership (HLP) has been working in collaboration with three London boroughs (Camden, Merton and Southwark) to design and test new integrated service models for mental health, musculoskeletal pain and employment support.

In London, musculoskeletal disorders and mental health problems are the most common conditions that influence people’s ability to work. The Work and Health Accelerator model aims to provide as many people as possible with access to the support they want and need to enable them to get back into work or continue working.

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