Mental health

Reading Well scheme to launch in public libraries for people with long-term conditions

The Reading Agency and Society of Chief Librarians are launching a “Reading Well” scheme for long-term conditions. The scheme is part of the Society of Chief Librarians’ Public Library Health Offer and has been developed with leading health organisations and people with lived experience and their carers. It will be available in English public libraries from July 2017.

See the attached press release for more information

XX exhibition and events, Bethlem Gallery – 1 July-26 August 2017

"XX" will include work by over 30 artists spanning the two decades of the gallery's existence. There will be an accompanying programme of events including performance, art workshops and live music.

Opening event: 1 July 3-5pm

"Join us on the opening event with Ismail Ali, Project ALCHEMY, who will be activating our limited edition anniversary mugs with his combined laboratory and theatre - 'Is it Art or is it Science? Who cares when it tastes this good!'"

Call for evaluations of visual art projects for adults with mental health issues – deadline 26 June 2017

The What Works Centre for Wellbeing (a non-profit, independent research centre) is working with Brunel University and others on an evidence review into the impact of visual arts on adults with mental health issues. The Centre needs your help to include project evaluations and more accurately reflect this area of work.

The deadline has been extended to 26 June.

Read the full call 

Live Music Now uses LIBOR to support veterans

Thanks to a grant from the UK Treasury, and during its 40th anniversary year, LMN will be using LIBOR funds to provide interactive concerts to veterans of the armed services at care homes in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, and English regions.

LMN is also launching a new collaboration with the Pureland Foundation, which will include musical projects for adults with mental health issues and refugees, in the years to come.

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Free Survivors Poetry workshops, Wembley – 22 May-31 July 2017

Free workshops led by award-winning poets for people experiencing mental health difficulties who would like support to express themselves through poetry.

When: Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 2pm

Where: Chalkhill Community Centre, HA9 9FX

Travel expenses will be paid, and refreshments and materials provided.

To register for a free place, contact

Moving Pieces secondary trauma workshops – 20 May 2017

This seminar aims to raise awareness and reduce the risk of secondary trauma. It will be part theoretical and part exeperiential, using simple body strategies, and mindfulness and breathing techniques.

When: Saturday 20 May 2017, 10:00-17:00

Where: The Classrooms, 7-13 Melior Street, London SE1 3QP

Cost: £55

Deadline: Friday 19 May 2017

See the attached flyer for further information.

Schools Minister calls on music hubs to tackle disadvantage

Following a Department for Education (DfE) review of England’s network of 121 music hubs over the past year, Schools Minister Nick Gibb has called for progress in engaging students facing disadvantage, or tackling special educational needs. Gibb has made it clear, however, that no more funding will be allocated until at least 2020.

Folk music for people with dementia, London – 10 May-28 June 2017

Arts4Dementia are providing eight workshops of music, singing and dancing for people with dementia and their carers at St Mary The Boltons, Kensington, London SW10 9TB.

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InFinnity Project launch, Hospital Club – 12 May 2017

The InFinnity Project will highlight art as a therapy for mental health problems and raise funds for Rethink Mental Illness. The project will run on an annual cycle with the support of the British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT) and of the Adamson Collection, the largest UK collection of art produced by mental health service users, housed at the Wellcome Library.

Where: The Hospital Club, 24 Endell Street, London WC2H 9HQ

Sound Minds courses in film and music, London – from 17 May 2017

Sound Minds is offering two free short courses this spring and summer, one covering the basics of filmmaking, the other audio production for music.

A Film in 48 Hours
Wednesdays 14:00–16:00
Tutor: Paul Brewer
This course covers the basics of filmmaking on a budget, included storytelling, genres, markets, scripting, lighting, camera, editing, sound, and teamwork. If all goes to plan at the end of the course there will be an opportunity to take make one short film based on an idea from within the group.
Starts Wednesday May 17th


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