Highlighting the importance of creativity, arts and culture to well being and positive mental Health. This is an Invitation to explore, expand and build upon existing networks across Arts, Education & Health and Well being in Northern Ireland. We are delighted, excited and very blessed to have the following group of people leading this event – it will be hosted by Creative Adviser, Artist, Educator & Curator and Arts & Human Rights Activist, Noelle McAlinden with input from Trisha Forbes, Research Fellow in Queens University & Chair of the Board of NIMHAF, Marie O’Donoghue, Arts Educator for the Creative Schools Programme and Julie Murphy, Artist, Art Psychotherapist and Counsellor.
The arts are transformational and can engage our hearts, our minds and our souls. The arts appeal to both young and old and elevate empathy, compassion and connection on an individual basis. As a society, art can be a unifying force strengthening human connections and has the power to improve mental health & wellbeing. More recently research has proven that art enhances brain function, has an impact on brain wave patterns patterns and emotions, the nervous system and can actually raise serotonin levels. Art can change a person’s outlook and the way they experience the world.
Through this online Creating Change Information Event we will explore the connections between the arts and mental health & wellbeing and how the arts can be used as a tool for positive change. We will focus in particular on children & young people and how arts engagement and creative interventions can improve mood, confidence and self-esteem, having a positive impact on mental health.
The session is aimed at art facilitators, youth and community leaders, anyone who works directly with children & young people who are interested in the way the arts can contribute to mental health . We will explore and discuss the importance of Arts & Wellbeing and the benefits to our mental and physical health.
The Information Session will be online and we would be delighted if you could join us to explore and expand this conversation!