Arts and Mental Health in Derbyshire
Arts and Health Network
The first meeting of the Derbyshire Arts and Health Network was held in January 2010. The event focussed on the benefits and possibilities around the arts and mental health. Click here to download notes from the event. The network also operates a newsletter. If you would like to subscribe please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
A practical guide to the arts in a health context
We have produced a downloadable pdf leaflet explaining clearly the benefits of taking part in arts activity on mental and physical health and wellbeing, some suggestions of different types of activity, and how people can access it, at any stage of health and on any budget, across Derbyshire.
The one-stop shop for arts activities and news across Derbyshire and Derby City, including a searchable directory of Derbyshire artists and arts organisations.
Artists and arts organisations who work in health contexts
There are many artists and arts organisations in the County who work on projects which promote and support good mental health. They include:
Arthur and Martha: www.arthur-and-martha.co.uk
Cathy Grindrod: www.cathygrindrod.co.uk
First Movement: www.first-movement.org.uk
First Taste: www.firsttastecharity.co.uk
Glassball Arts: www.glassball.org.uk
Harlequin Arts: www.harlequinarts.co.uk
High Peak Community Arts: www.highpeakarts.org
Junction Arts: www.junctionarts.org
People Express: www.people-express.org.uk
Some facts about mental health in Derbyshire
Mental Health refers to a broad array of activities directly or indirectly related to the mental well-being component included in the WHO's definition of health: "A state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease".
WHO statistics for 2002 show that 154 million people globally suffer from depression, only one form of mental illness. 1 in 4 British adults experience at least one diagnosable mental health problem in any one year. 83% of service users consulted say that a big issue for them is the impact of stigma and lack of understanding of mental health issues.
For more information, advice and opportunities about different areas concerning your health and wellbeing, see the Derbyshire County Council Adult Care web pages.
This information will be useful to you whether you are fit and well and aim to stay that way, or if you, or someone you know or care for, have some health problems or care needs and you want to prevent things getting any more difficult.