Mental health and creativity gets a focus in Derby

The link between mental health, wellness and creativity is being given renewed focus from a range of organisations across Derby, including QUAD and Furthest From The Sea.

QUAD is set to begin A Year Of Wellbeing set of events with a symposium on 12 April 2018. Open to all but with a particular focus for professionals in the arts and health areas the event begins a year of focus on wellbeing explored through exhibitions, events and participation and linking back to the five ‘ways to wellbeing’ which are to connect, to take notice, to keep learning, to give, and to be active. They will also run events around Derby Peace Week, including the current photo exhibition by Mark Neville, Battle Against Stigma, and events for Mental Health Week and Dying Matters Week.

In an unrelated project Furthest From The Sea are running The Arts, Men, and Mental Health event as part of Little Ed Fringe Festival, on 21 April 2018. With a focus on men’s mental health, the free event offers a drop in opportunity to chat about how participation can help, including a round-table discussion with others who have experience in the area such as artistic director of Furthest From The Sea Matt McGuinness.

Research has shown engaging with arts and culture can help how people feel about themselves and their lives, and both organisations are set to encourage wellbeing through participation in the arts in Derby.

The Creative Wellbeing Symposium takes place between 1 and 4pm on 12 April 2018 at QUAD. The event is free to attend and open to all – details here. The Arts, Men and Mental Health takes place between 1 and 4pm on 21 April 2018 at Furthest From The Sea on the Strand Arcade. The event is free – details here.

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