ARTS FOR MENTAL HEALTH
We are a non-profit association that provides individuals interested in both arts and mental health the opportunity to explore, experience, and learn together.
We offer a diverse range of activities. Our current activities include art workshops, talks (by academics and professional artists), community-based art programmes and psychoeducation via informative articles, research summary updates and volunteering opportunities.
Feature - Booklet
UCL EDUCATION AWARDs 2023
The "Acing Mental Health Through Art" project funded by UCL ChangeMakers has been featured in the UCL Education Awards 2023 Booklet.
"In 2023, ARTSMH was further supported by the UCL ChangeMakers Continuation Fund to:
1) Sustain the good work and
2) Widen student engagement beyond the Institute of Education ... " Click to read more
ARTSMH x outward
via UCL SU Volunteering Service
This program is a collaborative effort between Outward and ARTSMH, facilitated by the UCL SU Volunteering Service. Over the course of two months, we offered a series of engaging art workshops (digital art & painting), psychoeducation and cyber safety education. Click to find out more about Outward. Don't hesitate to get in touch if you're interested in collaborating with us!
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Research Paper Recommendation
Depression and Trauma: How Art Therapy can be combined with Play and Talking Therapies
- Jaimie Leung
Discussion primarily based on Woollett et al., (2020) - Trauma-informed art and play therapy: Pilot study outcomes for children and mothers in domestic violence shelters in the United States and South Africa
Intimate Partner Violence (IPV), physical or sexual abuse by a romantic partner, has been shown to affect around 30% of women globally (Garcia-Moreno et al., 2006). A multitude of studies have shown IPV has harmful social, psychological and health consequences for both women and their children (Woollett et al., 2020). Often, living in a household with IPV can increase internalising and externalising problems along with mental health struggles....[click button below to read more]
Could Museums Improve Young People’s Wellbeing-
Insights from a workshop
Do you love visiting museums? I really do! I believe they are the perfect place to endure cold, dark and long winter days. You can tour around the galleries for hours, make some sketches and potentially even touch some historical objects. Furthermore, museums can widen your horizons as you can learn so many things. However, as a psychology geek and a young adult, museums interest me from another perspective. I am curious about the potential of museums in improving young people’s mental health and wellbeing.
In the context of arts and health research, engagement with arts is categorized into five domains: performing arts (e.g., music, dance); visual arts (e.g., sculpture, painting); literature (e.g., writing, reading); culture (e.g., visiting museums, going to festivals); and digital arts (e.g., filmmaking) (Fancourt & Finn, 2019)...
TALK - Dr. Nina Polytimou
"Sing for me mama: Musical interactions and their impact on language and socio-emotional development"
Dr Politimou focused on two main areas in this talk:
the relationship between music and language the relationship between music and social-emotional development... read more