Contemporary arts and mental health

Since 2004, Claire has worked with organisations where the production of art supports participants’ mental health and wellbeing.  Situations include inpatient environments, at support groups and within a prison setting.

The evidence is there that the arts can help meet major challenges facing health and social care including ageing, long-term conditions, mental health and loneliness.

All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing Inquiry Report, July 2017

As Time for Me Arts Co-ordinator, Claire worked for a period of 8 years using the arts to support Perinatal Mental Health for mothers experiencing Post-natal depression and anxiety.  The production of visual and written artworks through these 10-week programmes helped women to feel less isolated, more supported, more able to cope, and improved their mood and self-esteem. The negative impacts of perinatal anxiety and depression were reducing after attending the group.

Art, craft and singing help mothers to overcome postnatal depression, promote parent–child bonding and improve children’s mental health and wellbeing.

All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing Inquiry Report, July 2017

Claire’s extensive experience across a range of arts and health settings means that she works hard to safeguard the vulnerable participants, taking an ethical approach to her work and selecting a pace of work that helps improve self-esteem and provides a creative challenge.  Partnership working with clinical professionals forms an important part of the work to enable the right level of activity to be developed and to enable longer-term support for clients to exist.

Previous projects include:
HMP Wymott
Royal Preston Hospital CAMHS inpatient ward
The Foxton Centre, Preston
Time for Me, Perinatal Mental Health support programme