Mental health

Researcher seeking dementia carers for London study

Researcher Mah Rana at Birkbeck College, London is looking for dementia carers to take part in a ‘crafting together’ study. Participation will involve 3-4 hours over two non-consecutive days between now and the end of 2019.

A Mindful Mess, Poplar – 9-11 November 2018

Sunday Assembly East End, Poplar Union and Antenna Collective are hosting a free three-day festival of music, cabaret, workshops, film, talks, art and more exploring the mind, promoting mental health to facilitate a more collective, creative, diverse and sophisticated conversation around mental health, and promoting a greater understanding of ‘neurodiversity’ – the principle that neurological differences should be recognised and respected like any other.

Government loneliness strategy builds in arts and culture

The recently released loneliness strategy includes a commitment to expand social prescribing and states that the "Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport will work with Arts Council England to address loneliness through its programmes, as well as utilising the loneliness measure in its work. Alongside this, the department will raise awareness of the role that libraries can play, including through Libraries Week".

CQC reports on the "State of Care"

The Care Quality Commission has published its annual summary of the State of Care. Tom Trenholm, Chief Executive of the CQC, describes a "story of contrasts" that assesses "both the resilience and the potential vulnerability" of the heath and care sectors, but also describes the risk of 'care injustice'.

Digital drawing and image appropriation workshop, Bethlem Gallery – 3 November 2018

Saturday, 3 November

10.30am - 12.30pm

£10 with concessions available

Bethlem Gallery

Music Coordinator, Arts@StAndrew’s, Northampton – deadline 7 October 2018

St Andrew’s mental healthcare charity is seeking a music coordinator to deliver a creative, varied and patient-centred music programme and manage the day-to-day running of the Music team based in Northampton within the Arts@StAndrew’s department.

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House of Bread: Inside Bethlem Hospital – from 26 September 2018

In this solo show, artist-photographer Mark Neville documents the everyday life of Bethlem Royal Hospital, the oldest residential psychiatric treatment facility in the UK, during this 70th anniversary year of the NHS. Bethlem Museum of the Mind commissioned this project to explore the complex nature of mental illness, treatment and recovery. 

26 September 2018 - 5 January 2019 (Closed 22 Dec – 1 Jan)

Bethlem Museum of the Mind, Bethlem Royal Hospital, Monks Orchard Road, Beckenham, Kent BR3 3BX

Wed – Fri (10am-5pm), First and last Saturday of the month


Sharp rise in mental health problems in young people

The proportion of young people reporting long-term mental health problems in England rose by six times between 1995 and 2014; those with the largest increase were aged 16 to 24. The fundings stem from a UK-wide research collaboration between University College London, Imperial College London, Exeter University and the Nuffield Trust, that gathered data from over 140,000 people aged 4-24.

Launch of MARCH network

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) have announced £8-million-worth of funding to bring researchers, charities and other organisations together to address important mental health research questions. One of the grants – for £1.25m – has been awarded to Dr Daisy Fancourt at UCL. Her network, MARCH, will explore how social, cultural and community assets (including the arts, heritage sites, libraries, parks, allotments, volunteer associations and community groups) can enhance public mental health and wellbeing, prevent mental illness and support those living with mental health conditions.

Our Future Likes exhibition, Bethlem Gallery – until 16 November 2018

Our Future Likes explores on- and off-line lives, and the impact of the internet on our mental health; as well as showing some of the artists and young people taking positive steps to explore how we can make the internet a more positive and contemplative space, where we can begin to take charge of our futures.

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