Art And Well-Being
Over recent years, there has been a growing understanding of the impact that taking part in ‘art’ can have on health and wellbeing. By supplementing medicine and care, art can improve the health of people who experience mental or physical health problems. Engaging in art can promote prevention of disease and build wellbeing.
There are many different ways in which this work is described (art in health, art for health, art and health, etc) but essentially they are all about the effect that active engagement can have on the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities. As work in this area has grown, so understanding and measuring of its impact has grown and there are now a number of academics around the country (and world) investigating the impact that the art have on health.
Read the Charter for Arts, Health & Wellbeing here.
Anxious Minds Art Project
We focused our art project on exploring arts and crafts and learning new skills, having fun and making new friends, so if you have ever thought about giving it a go just come along and say hello.
Does it work? Is there any evidence?
There is now a growing body of evidence demonstrating that participation in the arts and access to a range of arts opportunities can dramatically improve health outcomes and increase wellbeing. Much of this can be found on our research pages. In 2007, the Department of Health’s Review of Arts and Health Working Group, examined the role the arts can play in health. Its key findings were:
• Arts and health are, and should be firmly recognised as being, integral to health, healthcare provision and healthcare environments, including supporting staff
• Arts and health initiatives are delivering real and measurable benefits across a wide range of priority areas for health, and can enable the Department and NHS to contribute to key wider Government initiatives
• There is a wealth of good practice and a substantial evidence base
• The Department of Health has an important leadership role to play in creating an environment in which arts and health can prosper by promoting, developing and supporting arts and health
In 2011, the British Medical Association published a paper on ‘The psychological and social needs of patients’ which found that:
Creating a therapeutic healthcare environment extends beyond the elimination of boredom. Arts and humanities programmes have been shown to have a positive effect on inpatients.
The measured improvements include:
• Inducing positive physiological and psychological changes in clinical outcomes
• Reducing drug consumption
• Shortening length of hospital stay
• Promoting better doctor-patient relationships
• Improving mental healthcare
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