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The annual Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival (SMHAF), led by the Mental Health Foundation, is now in its 12th year and runs from 7-27 May 2018. The festival aims to support the creativity of individuals expressing their interest and struggle with mental health...

Across the UK, academics, health professionals, voluntary organisations, communities and others are using arts and humanities research and methodology to improve the quality of life and wellbeing of the population. The Health Humanities Medal will celebrate and showcase the...

Arts in Mind is a week-long festival, 4-10 June 2018, celebrating innovative collaborations between researchers at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN)...

A pop-up café which brings together arts, research and information on dementia is set to tour the UK starting this month. The Imagination Café, founded by University of West London Professor of Arts and Health and Head of Dementia Care, Victoria Tischler, will visit Llandudno...

My friend proclaimed ‘I am an art addict’, and then proceeded to follow up that uncompromising statement with an explanation: ‘I was hiking in Patagonia, and, although surrounded by an incredible display of natural beauty, my brain wanted to see a work of art. I always need...

The University of Leicester’s Attenborough Arts Centre, just around the corner from the British Psychological Society, is home to a ‘DeStress Fest’ until the end of March. Exhibitions, performances and workshops will be held on the themes of mental health, neurodiversity,...

The Psychologist appeared at Latitude Festival in Suffolk for the third year running this summer, with two sessions. This one will be available as a podcast in the new year; what follows is an edited transcript.

Is it time...

The exhibition ‘Making Faces’ was set up to ‘explore the face, the body, the self and the disjuncture between what is seen and what is felt’. Situated in the bustling Southbank of our capital it is a powerful public expression of honesty and hope. The...

Mr A Moves in Mysterious Ways is a wonderful collection of pictures and objects from the Adamson Collection curated by Dr Heather Tilly and Dr Fiona Johnstone. The Adamson Collection is one of the world’s largest collections of works by psychiatric patients, compiled by Mr...

Art bridges the gap between mental illness as disease and mental illness as an integral part of the human experience, in a way that science cannot. Artists of all shapes and forms have tapped into their own mental suffering to find creative power. Artistic representations of...