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University to award innovations of Arts in Mental Health


22 April, 2009  

Canterbury Christ Church University is inviting nominations for an award to recognise the role of the Arts in Mental Health.

In association with the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH), the Arts and Health Award 2009 will recognise substantial achievements for original or innovative contributions to Arts and Mental Health research and practice in healthcare or community settings.

The Arts and Health Award will be presented with awards for other categories during the Annual General Meeting of the RSPH on Tuesday 15th September 2009.

Director of Research at the Sidney De Haan Research Centre, Professor Stephen Clift said: “Arts and health is a growing and dynamic development in the field of healthcare and health promotion, and I am delighted that the Royal Society for Public Health is working with Canterbury Christ Church University in this new award to recognise innovation in this area.”

Nominations will be considered for work that has furthered the field of Arts in Mental Health in one or more of the following ways:

  • Through the development of conceptual and theoretical perspectives on the linkages between the arts and the promotion of mental wellbeing and health.
  • Through significant research or evaluation studies which show how arts contribute to mental health care and community health promotion.
  • Through the development of innovative programmes of arts and creative activity in healthcare or community contexts in the interests of promoting mental health and tackling inequalities in mental health.

Nominations should be received by Friday 3rd July 2009 and will be considered by a special Award Committee established by the RSPH. A decision will be announced by the end of July 2009.

Canterbury Christ Church University