Arts, Culture, Heritage and Mental Health
The Role of Social Prescribing
A seminar organised by Arts and Minds in collaboration with Public Health England, East of England, exploring the growing field of culture, health andwellbeing, and its impact within mental health practice in particular, will be held 6 - 8pm on Wednesday 26th of October at The Fitzwilliam Museum with a reception and buffet to follow.
With nationally renowned speakers in the field and local participants from public and private sector businesses, education, health, the arts and heritage sectors - the quality of the input is assured and the discussion should be lively and informative.
Space will be limited - to secure your place please register your interest by emailing email@example.com
The East of England has a real opportunity to find ways in which engagement with the arts, culture and heritage can help improve public health. With its rich artistic, educational and cultural inheritance and rapidly expanding business community, the region is well placed to act as the crucible for the development of evidence-based thinking and sustainable practice in the area of the arts andmental health.
The need for early intervention to support people in all age-groups living with mental health problems and the need to support positive mental health in the workplace is growing, but the squeeze on public funding means that provision is increasingly left to the voluntary and community sector which itself is struggling to find financial support, provision is still small-scale and vulnerable to pressure on budgets.
This seminar aims to bring together medical practitioners, commissioners, academics, researchers, senior councillors and business leaders with providers of arts based community support to consider ways in which together we can build on local assets to build effective and evidenced solutions.
Speakers will include:
- Professor Stephen Clift, Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health and Director of the Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts andHealth, Canterbury, who will speak on the value of creative artsparticipation for wellbeing and health
- Gregor Henderson, National Lead for Wellbeing and Mental Health, Public Health England, who will speak on workplace health andwellbeing
- Dr Simon Opher MBE, GP in Dursley, Gloucestershire, who will discuss his experience of setting up Art-Lift, the referral of patients to its Arts on Prescription services, and the individual and strategic results achieved.
Followed by a chaired panel discussion exploring the following questions:
- What conditions would need to be in place to expand arts and culture-based provision to support the statutory services in achieving their aims – and how it could be funded?
- How can cultural and health sectors come together across East of England to share best practice and develop wider access to evidenced interventions?
- What role can the arts and culture play in maintaining a healthy workforce?