Mental health

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.”

Data on young people’s health

A new report has presented a comprehensive picture of the health and behaviours of Britain’s 11.7 million young people aged 10-24. It offers detailed data to support commissioners and organisations seeking to improve young people’s health and wellbeing.

Government investment in mental health first aid

The Government has announced a £15m investment in a three year programme to train people in mental health first aid.

The scheme aims to train up to a million people in basic mental health first aid techniques.

The Future of Creativity in Psychological Therapies – 2 March 2018

A conference organised by Central and Northwest London and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts to address the relationship between psychological therapies, emergent paradigms and collaborations.

Cost: £70 – £125.63

2 March 2018, 0900-1700


82-96 Grove Lane




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European Outsider Art Association conference – submissions deadline 30 October

Outside In will host the European Outsider Art Association conference from 4-6 May 2018 at Pallant House Gallery in Chichester. It is seeking proposals for presentations on the theme of the "Artist's Voice". Proposals are welcomed from artists, studio groups and anyone who has something interesting and engaging to say on the topic of the artist and how best to support them. Presentations can take any form; from a PowerPoint to a performance.

Mental Health charities welcome independent review of Mental Health Act

Both Mind and Rethink Mental Illness have welcomed the government's forthcoming review of the 30-year-old Mental Health Act. Mind says: "In the last ten years in England, we’ve seen a 47 per cent rise in the Act being used to detain people, with BAME communities disproportionately affected – this shows that neither the Act, nor wider mental health care, are currently working as they should to support people when they are unwell."

The Perspective Project

A group of young people have established a new online platform for people to share creative responses to their experiences of mental ill health. hosts a range of material with the hope of breaking down stigma about mental illness especially in young adults.

Cost-effective mental health initiatives

Public Health England has launched a new tool for local public health teams identifying the most cost effective mental health programmes. Included in these programmes are creative programmes which impact on older people’s isolation and adults’ workplace health.

Longitudinal research into wellbeing

Taking part in art classes can improve mental health and enhance social inclusion over a prolonged period, according to a new study published in the International Journal of Mental Health Promotion.

The research by Anglia Ruskin University looked at the impact of arts activity on mental health service users and followed up over several months to explore longitudinal benefits.

Mental health training for teachers

The Government has pledged that every secondary school in the country will be offered Mental Health First Aid training by 2020.

Teachers and staff across the country are currently starting training to identify and respond to early signs of mental health problems among pupils.


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