How Art Can Help You Cope

Even a small amount of creativity can help you to cope with modern life, according to recent research by BBC Arts and UCL. In the largest study of its kind, with almost 50,000 people taking part, the research explored for the first time how creative activities can help us manage our mood and boost wellbeing. (Creativity Can Help You Cope – BBC, accessed 10/08/20)

The Evidence

A Health Evidence Network (HEN) synthesis report on arts and health references over 900 publications, including 200 reviews, covering over 3000 further studies.

Arts interventions, such as singing in a choir to improve chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, are considered non-invasive, low-risk treatment options and are increasingly being used by Member States to supplement more traditional biomedical treatments.

The Health Evidence Network synthesis report

What is the evidence on the role of the arts in improving health and well-being?

In July 2017 the All Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing published a report of their two-year inquiry into the role of the arts in health and wellbeing.

It found that the arts can keep us well, help us recover, and help to meet some of the major challenges currently facing health and social care. Therefore the arts can help to save money in the health service and social care services. You can read the short report here:

Creative Health: The Arts for Health and Wellbeing

But How Do We Know That Mindful Art Club Works?

People who come to Mindful Art Club feel more supported, experience empathy, feel mentally calmer and more peaceful; they make new social connections and feel happier and more confident. They also learn to use mindfulness as a self-help tool, and learn to use art as a self-care activity.

We know these things because we get verbal feedback during the “check out” at the end of each session, and occasionally we ask our clients to complete written feedback forms. These simple questionnaires measure the client’s perception of their difficulties, including mental health, physical health, loneliness, self-esteem, and experience of art and mindfulness. We also gather some qualitative evidence, in the form of individual case studies.

Find out more by coming to an online group, or a community group in Plymouth. The online groups are free.

Get Support: Improve Your Life!

Yesterday Emma and I enjoyed visiting The Mannamead Wellbeing Hub; part of a network of neighbourhood hubs, connecting the local community to information and activities that support their wellbeing. They also work in partnership with a range of organisations in the city who can provide additional health and wellbeing support.

You probably already know that being more involved in your community can be good for you, and that joining a group or club and connecting with others can improve your life. But it’s not always easy to know where to go, or how to get started. The Community Advisor at the hub can help.

Wellbeing Hubs Aims

  • To improve the health and wellbeing outcomes for local people
  • To reduce inequalities in health and wellbeing
  • To improve people’s experience of care 
  • To improve the sustainability of the health and wellbeing system

Community Advisor

The Community Advisor is based at the Mannamead Wellbing Hub and provides advice and support to local residents in Mannamead, Higher Compton, Hartley, Peverell, Mutley and Eggbuckland (south of the parkway) to help them engage in the community and to improve their wellbeing. Support can be provided in the following way;

  • One to one advice sessions
  • Identifying and achieving wellbeing goals
  • Connecting to activities and services in the community (like Mindful Art Club.)

If you want to be referred to the Community Advisor fill out a quick form on their website.

If you want to try Mindful Art Club just come along to one of our drop-in sessions. No need to book.

Well-Being Pop-Up Shop

Have you been meaning to come along to Mindful Art Club?

Are you busy in the mornings and would prefer an afternoon?

Would you like to try the group for free?

This well-being pop-up shop is just what you are looking for!

1.30pm Wednesday 26th February 2020 at 65 New George Street.

Seetecpluss are a company that help people with health conditions and/or disabilities back into work. They have been running a pop-up shop in the town centre since 12th February 2020. At the moment they are currently running a wellbeing Wednesday where they have invited people to join them for a walk, make over or creative activity.

Next Wednesday 26th the creative activity will be Mindful Art Club with Peggy Melmoth and Emma Sprawson.