Over the next few weeks, we will be working with animation student Michaela John and our special interest research group on a short film that explores the potential of creative therapies to address self-harm in young people. This work is supported by a grant from Emerging Minds and The University of Oxford, and we are very excited for this final stage of our explorative journey.
The Arts, Health and Wellbeing, is a recent report by the Cultural Learning Alliance and Place2B addressing youth mental health and the impact of the arts. The short report is certainly worth the read, but a few key points are highlighted below:
- Young people are twice as likely to report feeling depressed than their 1980 counterparts
- Youth in the UK rank a worrying 14th out of 15 countries for well-being
- The annual cost of metal ill health is between £11,030 and £59,130 per child
Prevention and the arts:
- Participating in creative or cultural activities leads to a 38% increase in reported good health, in some reports this increase is as high as 60%.
- Activities that can enhance young people’s well-being include: visiting museums and cultural spaces, visual arts theatre, dance, music-making, drama
This just in from the London Art and Health Form’s news letter. www.laf.org.uk
International wellbeing comparison
The Office for National Statistics has released a set of data comparing wellbeing levels in the UK with other countries. The data examines health, cultural participation and wellbeing and shows that while Britain is financially better off than before the economic downturn of 2008, overall life satisfaction has decreased.
The report measures changes in the economy and public reports of health and wellbeing over the period 2007-2014. In terms of health and wellbeing, the UK is performing at a similar level to countries like France but less well than Scandinavian countries. It is notable that in countries where income inequality has dropped over the period (such as Iceland) overall life satisfaction has increased. The UK saw relatively high levels of cultural participation over the period but relatively low levels of engagement in sport. Nearly three-quarters (74%) of people in the UK reported being in good or better health in 2013, higher than the international average of 68%