Responds to a gap in the literature in this research area, which has been of limited scale. Using primary research, ‘grey literature’, and synthesising previous research, it finds that: ‘Overall, the evidence available… has shown that engagement in the visual arts for adults with mental health conditions can reduce reported levels of depression and anxiety; increase self-respect, self-worth and self-esteem; encourage and stimulate re-engagement with the wider, everyday social world.’
The most effective ‘working ways to wellbeing’ are processes that ensure provision of secure safe-space and havens for interventions; that recognise the value of non-stigmatising settings; and that support and sustain collaborative facilitation of programmes and sessions. Very useful for anyone working in this field, especially for comments on follow up once projects end.
- Professor Alan Tomlinson
- What Works Centre for Wellbeing
- January 2018