Flourishing Through Creativity – Supporting Better Mental Health Big Give Launch Event

01/12/20 to 01/12/20
12.30pm - 1.15pm
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To launch our Arts and Health South West (AHSW) Big Give Christmas Appeal, we are being joined by Mark Helyar (Take Art Co-Director of Theatre), Liv Torc (Performance Poet and Producer), and Dr John Barnes (Consultant Psychiatrist at Somerset Partnership NHS Trust & Tonic Music Advisor), for a lunchtime conversation about how people’s mental health can flourish through creativity, and why it is vital to support better mental health work across the South West region.

Spotlighting the work of Somerset based Take Art, and Tonic Music whose work offers greater access to creative activities for individuals who have experienced ill-health or poor mental health, we will discuss how important it is to empower and give a voice to those experiencing health inequalities and barriers to accessing arts and culture.

The lunchtime conversation will also touch on the context of Covid-19, which has exacerbated and starkly revealed existing health inequalities across the region, and how supporting better mental health through creativity can help to reduce pressure on health services through non-medical interventions. During the session, we will enjoy some transformational poetry by Liv Torc, and music from Tonic Music, as well as hear from those with lived experience of ill-health.

This event is in support of Arts and Health South West Big Give Christmas Appeal: Flourishing Through Creativity- Supporting Better Mental Health, and so instead of a set ticket price we are encouraging attendees of this event to donate what they can to our Big Give Appeal when it goes live.

Donations of any size will make a real difference to our Big Give Christmas Appeal, as for every pound donated it is matched and DOUBLED via the Big Give from 1st – 8th December!

Anyone can donate to our AHSW Big Give Christmas Challenge Appeal from midday on Tuesday 1st December 2020, so attendees can commit their support in advance via our website 

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