The Greater London Authority has announced plans to host an event centered on the theme of “Creative Approaches to Mental Health” in honor of Great Mental Health Day 2023. This event aims to showcase the positive impact that culture and creativity can have on mental health and well-being, particularly in light of the ongoing mental health challenges that have arisen as a result of the global pandemic.
As part of this event, the Greater London Authority is developing a new network of young people, arts organizations, health workers, and youth workers who will be producing art with young people who have been impacted by mental health challenges. This network will serve as a space for sharing experiences, knowledge, resources, and building capacity. The first gathering of this network will take place on February 9th at the Southbank Centre.
This initiative is a timely and much-needed effort to invest in innovative approaches to mental health and well-being. Research has shown that engaging in cultural and creative activities can have a positive impact on mental health, and this event aims to not only raise awareness of this but also provide a platform for young people to express themselves and connect with others who have gone through similar experiences.
The Greater London Authority’s decision to host this event is a testament to the importance of culture and creativity in promoting mental health and well-being. We look forward to seeing the impact of this initiative and the art that will be produced by young people as a result.