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Arts impact on Black Mental Health in Lambeth: Starting a Dialogue
Monday, October 16th, 2017 2-4pm Health Foundry
Key discussion points
· Can the arts be used to empower service users and local people to articulate their experiences of racism and discrimination in using mental health and other services in Lambeth? How?
· How do you create opportunities for service users and carers to explore new experiences and opportunities around the arts around skills development?
· Really important to work with a cultural institution with a proper insight into BME cultural heritage to co-design approach – would make any arts programme more informed and relevant to the individual.
· Useful to develop a network of art practitioners and arts/heritage organisations to work with service providers and commissioners especially around the alliance contract providers
· Need to develop evidence base - how does black heritage or the arts contribute to mental wellbeing and self-esteem?
· What would a social prescribing model with the arts and heritage targeting the black community look like in terms of the target audience (children & young people, adults of working age with mild depression, service users with a long-term history of depression or psychosis, older people with dementia)?
· Need to challenge leadership on white privilege
· Really important to support families/carers and not just the individual. Perhaps a joint arts activity could help with supporting these people and also strengthening bonds.
· Need to get commissioners on board with any arts intervention from the start to increase the chance of long-term sustainability.
· Need to make sure language used is inclusive, not too academic, institutional or distancing.
· Could be useful to connect with national Social Prescribing Network – they may also need our help in becoming more diverse.
· Highly recommend reading recent All Party Parliamentary Group for Arts and Wellbeing report “Creative Health: The Arts for Health and Wellbeing” for comprehensive national picture and robust evaluation.
Suggestions for future agendas/events
· More dance and movement
· Circus skills
· Events about older people
· Impact of loss and bereavement also takes its toll, especially on youngsters
· Journeys of appreciation
· Cultural complacency
· Hearing where the leadership are in terms of unconscious bias
Feedback from attendees
“Zena was terrific!”
“The discussion was really productive”
“The Alchemy project was fantastic – movement is so important...”
“Found it useful hearing how the arts help to express and communicate - physically, spoken word, visual artwork etc”
“Remember older people…”
“Great to have the opportunity to hear about a range of projects…”
“Please do more events like these...”
“Step two is to follow on from today!”
“Keep at it, keep it up, the arts is a vital outlet for release…”
Please let us know if you have any further suggestions or feedback following the event:
Patrick [email protected] or Ali [email protected]
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