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What makes working in the arts and mental health sustainable?

How can people and organisations survive and thrive in mental health and the arts? The Culture Health & Wellbeing Alliance, funded by the Baring Foundation, are running a six-month project to understand more about work with creativity and mental health. They are searching for participants who can answer yes to the following questions:

Art & Mental Health with Christopher Bailey from WHO – 30 June 2021

The Arts and Health Lead at the World Health Organization will introduce his newly established program that looks at the research agenda around the health benefits of the arts, in everyday life as well as an instrument in the field.

The program sets the research agenda, working with local communities and global media on promoting good health through and with the performing arts.

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Paper highlights extent of class imbalance within creative industries

The Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre (PEC) has published a paper that provides an up-to-date picture of workforce demographics in the creative industries. The report, Getting in and getting on: Class, participation and job quality in the UK's Creative Industries, identifies and develops upon five key facts:

Network launched to support Covid-19 mental health studies

The Wellcome Trust is funding a network of longitudinal studies on the global mental health impact of Covid-19, led by an international steering group of scientists and mental health professionals.

COVID-Minds links together studies from countries around the world, supporting the sharing of protocols and data, the harmonisation of mental health measures, and the dissemination of findings to policy-makers and health bodies.

The network will collate empirical research on mental health as it is published and send fortnightly newsletters to help researchers stay up to date.

Report tracking health of arts and culture in England ‘makes for shocking reading’

The National Campaign for the Arts (NCA) has launched its new Arts Index, a snapshot report of the health of England’s arts and culture. The latest edition covers ten years of austerity and reveals how the arts sector’s entrepreneurial response to a decade of decline in public funding, philanthropy and business support is now the very thing that threatens its future.

The report’s key findings include:

Covid-19 online singing sessions survey launched

Canterbury Christ Church University’s Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health has launched a national survey on the measures taken by Singing for Health Groups and Community Choirs to keep singing during the lockdown. The study is gathering information on how online platforms like Zoom, Microsoft Teams and Google Hangouts have been used to help them continue their work. 

Singing for Health Groups and Community Choirs provide valuable support to those with long-term health conditions and those with a history of mental health challenges.

UCL survey of Covid-19 adult health behaviours study seeks participants

A study aimed at understanding the impact of Covid-19 on adult behaviours which contribute most to avoidable deaths in the UK has been launched by the UCL Department of Behavioural Science & Health and the UCL Centre for Behaviour Change. The survey, produced in collaboration with Action on Smoking and Health, Public Health England and Cancer Research UK, examines how the coronavirus pandemic has affected adult tobacco use, nicotine use (vaping), exercise, diet and alcohol use.

WHO report releases global evidence on role of the arts in improving health and wellbeing

The World Health Organisation has released a report consolidating global evidence on the role of the arts in improving health and wellbeing, with a particular focus on the WHO European Region

Research reveals positive effects of online creativity projects on wellbeing

64 Million Artists, the organisation behind The January Challenge, have revealed the clinical research results into their online creativity projects

Launch of world's largest study into impact of arts on health

King’s College London and UCL have launched the world’s largest ever study into the impact and scalability of arts interventions on physical and mental health

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