From Surviving to Thriving: Building a model for sustainable practice in creativity and mental health

This new Culture, Health & Wellbeing Alliance report is the result of a six-month project funded by the Baring Foundation, working with around 150 practitioners to understand how we might help more people and organisations using creativity to support mental health to thrive. At the heart of the report are a series of recommendations for five groups: practitioners, commissioning organisations (whether arts, health or care), funders, researchers and infrastructure organisations like the Culture, Health & Wellbeing Alliance itself. Read the recommendations below.

Read the full report here by Minoti Parikh and Victoria Hume

The Thriving Practice Model

Creativity and culture can support mental health if...

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Funders

Coproduce

Target investment

Invest long-term

Invest beyond project delivery

Demonstrate realistic expectations

Encourage safe practice

Adapt funding processes

Model good practice

Practitioners

Coproduce

Understand your agenda

Don’t go it alone 

Be realistic

Ask for what you need

Nurture your resilience

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Mental Health The Arts

Commissioners

Coproduce

Match intervention to need

Support practitioners

Encourage safe practice

Help build a representative sector

Support the development of local ecologies

Model good practice

Researchers

Coproduce

Support practice

Prioritise

Infrastructure organisations

Coproduce

Support practitioners

Encourage safe practice

Support research

Build local ecologies

Communicate

Model good practice

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Artwork created in response to the theme ‘Bravery’, created during lockdown in April 2020 with Art & Soul
Artwork by Brindi created in response to the theme ‘Bravery’ during lockdown (April 2020) with Art & Soul