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How to deal with creative burnout

Creative burnout can happen at any time and impacts both your personal and professional life. Kerry-anne Wright, from award-winning SEO agency, Reboot, gives tips on how to recognise the signs that something is up, how to deal with the main effects and how to regain your drive and creativity.  

Published: 2023 | Resource type: Article

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Mental health & wellbeing: What is Blue Monday and tips to get through it

Award-winning writer Debbie Woodliffe, Head of Content and Outreach, Affinity Agency tells us everything we need to know about Blue Monday. Includes practical ways to support your mental health year-round including tackling imposter syndrome and avoiding burn-out.

Published: 2022 | Resource type: Article

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Creatively minded at the museum

How can museums engage creatively with people with mental health problems? This report published by The Baring Foundation with the Museums Association features 16 museums who are taking the lead in this area.

Published: 2022 | Resource type: Case studies

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Creatively Minded and the NHS

An overview of participatory arts offered by the NHS to people with mental health problems – featuring NHS Trusts across the UK which offer a range of creative artist-led programmes in both primary and secondary care.

Published: 2022 | Resource type: Research

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Creatively Minded: The Directory

A directory of organisations working in the field of arts and mental health in the UK containing around 320 organisations identified as part of research conducted for Baring Foundation‘s Arts and Mental Health funding programme.

Published: 2022 | Resource type: Guide/tools

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Creatively minded and ethnically diverse

In this report experts and practitioners with personal and professional experience of this field explore the challenges and barriers to access to the arts for people with mental health problems from ethnically diverse backgrounds. Published by The Baring Foundation.  

Published: 2021 | Resource type: Research

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Creatively Minded and Heritage

How can heritage and creativity support mental health? This report commissioned by the Baring Foundation and produced by the Restoration Trust showcases work from 18 heritage and arts organisations using a wealth of heritage assets, and the creativity of artists, to improve mental health and community connections.

Published: 2021 | Resource type: Research

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Using creative self expression to support mental wellbeing

Creative People and Places Hounslow take us through ‘Walking with the Unseen’, a project led by local people with no specialised experience of arts and cultural leadership. It shares how by working together and deliberating the issues that they identified locally, they developed an idea that tackled the huge subject of mental health in a ... Read more

Published: 2020 | Resource type: Case studies

Social prescribing myth buster

A comprehensive guide by London Arts and Health designed to dispel some of the myths surrounding social prescribing in the arts and cultural sector.

Published: 2021 | Resource type: Guide/tools

Behind the Scenes: Our Space, Theatre Royal Plymouth. Blog 3 – Clive Rowe

A behind the scenes look at Theatre Royal Plymouth‘s Our Space project from three different perspectives. In  Blog 3 Big Issue vendor, member of Project X and Our Space Steering Committee member, Clive Rowe, tells us his story.

Published: 2019 | Resource type: Article

Behind the Scenes: Our Space, Theatre Royal Plymouth. Blog 2 – Lee Hart

A behind the scenes look at Theatre Royal Plymouth‘s Our Space project from three different perspectives. In  Blog 2 the project X Lead Practitioner and Director Lee Hart takes us through working with participants to become more performance focussed and creating shows.

Published: 2019 | Resource type: Article

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Raising dementia-awareness through touring to libraries

Human Story Theatre share their findings on the health impacts on audiences, and on performing a health-related play in English libraries, based on two tours of their dementia-focussed production Connie’s Colander in 2018 and 2019.

Published: 2019 | Resource type: Case studies

Manifesto for a mentally healthy cultural sector

It’s time to change the conversation about mental health in the cultural sector to one of positivity and openness.   Creative Freedom have developed a manifesto for mental health in conversation with people in the arts, cultural and creative sectors and have launched a simple framework for organisations that want to seize the initiative and take positive action. ​

Published: 2019 | Resource type: Research