Mental health

Stroke Odysseys performance and workshops, Eastleigh – 3-5 October 2018

Stroke Odysseys is a new production from choreographer Ben Duke and composer Orlando Gough, based on a residency with Rosetta Life. 

"A daring movement and song project performed by an ensemble of stroke survivors Stroke Odysseys explores intertwined journeys of recovery from stroke and asks how we ever recover from brain injury or how we remember who we are."

The performance is on Thursday 4th October at 7:30pm 

The Point, Leigh Rd, Eastleigh SO50 9DE

There will be a post-show talk with the cast and creative team.

Campaign to End Loneliness conference, London – 9 October 2018

“Be More Us: Belonging and Community” is the Campaign’s 4th annual conference and seeks to celebrate, showcase, and explore the role of culture, sport and the arts in tackling loneliness.

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Volunteer creative and cultural befrienders, Westminster – deadline 30 August 2018

Resonate Arts is seeking volunteer artists of any discipline (visual art, music, drama, creative writing etc) who wish to explore their art with people living with dementia:
• in one-to-one creative sessions in people’s own homes
• accompanying people to arts events
• supporting people within Resonate Arts projects
• accompanying people to visit galleries, concerts, shows etc.

Increase in Mental Health Demands on GPs

A survey of GPs has revealed rising demand for mental health support in primary care. GPs say that two in five (40 per cent) of their appointments now involve mental health, while two in three GPs (66 per cent) say the proportion of patients needing help with their mental health has increased in the last 12 months.

Increase in Schools Seeking Mental Health Support

The number of schools referring children to mental health services has increased by over a third in the past three years. Over half of the referrals came from primary schools.

Mental Health Act Review

The Government has published an interim report from the Independent Review of the Mental Health Act which calls for changes to mental health provision to improve the way people’s dignity is respected when they come into contact with mental health services. Over 2,000 people have so far been part of the review process and it is likely to result in new mental health legislation and changes to mental health provision.

Get Set to Go

Sport England and Mind have announced a £1.5m programme of activity to engage people experiencing mental ill health in physical activity.

Consultation on young people’s mental health

The Government has launched a public consultation on its proposals to support children and young people’s mental health.

The consultation on the Green Paper is open until 2 March 2018.

Consensus statement on personality disorder

A new joint statement from a coalition of mental health support services has cited art therapy as a key resource for people with a diagnosis of Personality Disorder.

The document looks at the current level of care and support available to people with this diagnosis and concludes that more resources should be made available along with a wider range of services.

First systematic review of visual arts and mental health

The What Works Centre for Wellbeing has published the first systematic review looking at the subjective wellbeing outcomes of engaging with visual arts for working-age adults with diagnosed mental health conditions. The research found strong evidence demonstrating that “visual arts activities, of various kinds, can reduce depression and anxiety and increase confidence and self-esteem.”


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