Creative Health: The Arts for Health and Wellbeing

It is time to recognise the powerful contribution the arts can make to health and wellbeing. There are now many examples and much evidence of the beneficial impact they can have.’ The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing (APPGAHW) was formed in 2014. Their aim is to improve awareness of the benefits that the arts can bring to health and wellbeing, and to stimulate progress towards making these benefits a reality all across the country. They decided to carry out an Inquiry into existing engagement of the arts in health and social care, with a view to making recommendations to improve policy and practice. This resulted in a report published in July 2017, CreativeHealth:The Arts for Health and Wellbeing

There are three key messages in this report:

  • The arts can help keep us well, aid our recovery and support longer lives better lived.
  • The arts can help meet major challenges facing health and social care: ageing, long-term conditions, loneliness and mental health.
  • The arts can help save money in the health service and social care.

Download the full report here.

Find out more about National Alliance for Arts, Health and Wellbeing

Also, look at information on LEAN's Arts and Resilience Community of Practice and Arts and Resilience Toolkit.