Combine current social, economic and political instabilities with living in a never-ending ‘highlights reel’ on social media, and the individual and collective mental health of our audiences is suffering.
After decades of grassroots practice, the links between arts, health and wellbeing are very well established. So how can creative organisations and individuals more directly help improve mental health and wellbeing on a wider scale, particularly among younger people? How as creatives can we make a stronger case for the role of culture to a sceptical public bombarded with ‘cures’? What technologies, sustainable models, trends and partnerships are emerging to support this work?