Location: Gallery 1, Jerwood Space, 171 Union Street, London
In recent years there has been a wealth of research on the links between arts and culture and health and wellbeing; from community singing aiding recovery from mental illness, to the positive impact of creative activity on dementia sufferers. In advance of Mental Health Awareness Week (14–20 May), join us for a panel discussion considering the ways in which the arts can have a positive effect on our mental health, and that of those around us.
Our panel of speakers will discuss the role that the arts can play when it comes to mental health, considering the ways they can act as a vehicle for improving mental health and wellbeing, as well as talking about how we can all look after our mental health more widely.
We will be joined by;
Aifric Lennon, Music & Mind Researcher/Assistant Project Manager for MassiveMusic
Helen Shearn is an independent consultant, facilitator and producer in Arts, Mental Health and Wellbeing. Helen was previously Head of Arts Strategy from 2013-2017 at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM). She has also supported and led multi-partnership arts programmes for mental health, wellbeing, social inclusion and recovery for over 15 years. In 2017, Helen led the Art in Mind public programme at Tate Exchange. Helen also coordinates the Journeys of Appreciation Programme (JOAP), a museums and galleries partnership with SLaM's in-patient clinical services for older adults with mental health problems and dementia.
Kelsey Bennett, Continuity Announcer & Podcast Host at Channel 4 where she focuses on bringing creative ideas on air, including a week long takeover on Channel 4 for Mental Health Awareness Week. Kelsey also has a podcast called Freaking The F*ck Out to help normalise Mental Health in everyday conversations.
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