Sustainable practice in mental health and the arts

image of an empty and partly broken eggshell
Just bounce back i by Sue Flowers 2020

We need your help to understand more about what makes working in the arts and mental health sustainable. If you can answer yes to any of these questions, we would love to hear from you:

  • Have you used or do you use creativity to support your own mental health?
  • Do you use creativity to support others' mental health?
  • Have you hit roadblocks trying to work in arts and mental health?

Please fill out this google form to help us understand what makes it possible for you to do your work.

Join a conversation: At the end of the form we ask you whether you would like to join an online conversation about this. We will be holding facilitated conversations this summer, and we're looking for participants from a range of professional and personal backgrounds, working different parts of the country. We will be able to pay each participant a small honorarium in recognition of the time taken to attend a meeting.


The Culture, Health & Wellbeing Alliance is leading a 6-month project funded by the Baring Foundation, to understand how we might help more people and organisations survive and thrive in mental health and the arts. Our advisory group is drawn from organisations around the UK using a range of approaches.

We will be holding a series of focus groups around the country over the next few months to help us develop a model for sustainable practice based on your experience of this work.

In March 2021, the Baring Foundation launched a new report and a new round of funding designed to support activity to redress the under-representation of participatory artists from ethnically diverse communities in arts and mental health.

Advisory Group

Angela Awuah, Mental Health the Arts and Paul Hamlyn Foundation (London and South East)

Kiz Bangerh, Hip Hop Heals, Lapidus and the LENs (West Midlands)

Helen Boutle, Creative Recovery (Yorkshire & Humber)

Sue Flowers, Green Close and LENs (North West)

Sandra Griffiths, Red Earth Collective (West Midlands)

Terry Hayden, LENs (London) 

Daniel Regan, Arts & Health Hub (London)

Tim Sayers / Sallie Varnam, Brightsparks (East Midlands)

Mark Smith, Green Ribbon Arts Festival, Mental Health Foundation (Wales)

Katey Warran, MARCH Network, and Arts Culture Health & Wellbeing Scotland Board member (Scotland)