Two takes on mental health in the arts


(Liz Forsberg) #1

This past May I posted about Workman Arts #BigFeels symposium that was held here in Toronto. Last week a great piece appeared in Canadian Art Magazine that reported on the issues and questions that emerged in this thought-provoking gathering. “Asking Questions About Mental Health in the Arts” is well worth a read.

Another piece on this theme that caught my attention comes from New Zealand where the organization Creative New Zealand (the NZ equivalent of the Canada Council for the Arts) is advocating for greater access to creative spaces to support better health outcomes in its submission to the governments Inquiry Into Mental Health and Addiction. The basis of their advocacy is rooted in a substantial body of international research evidence indicating that arts prescription schemes can improve mental health and wellbeing, particularly in the elderly. They are calling for these initiatives to be funded out of the national health budget. Read more about that here.