Arts on Prescription

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What is Arts on Prescription ?

Arts on Prescription is a series of friendly, weekly art workshops for people experiencing depression, stress or anxiety. Led by a professional artist and a qualified counsellor, they offer the chance to experience working with a wide range of materials and techniques, including drawing, printmaking and sculpture. Sessions last for two hours and are open to all abilities – no experience necessary – and offer the opportunity to work on something creative, stimulating and absorbing with the aim of increasing well-being.
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How do I Take Part?

If you are interested in participating in Arts on Prescription, you can download and print a referral form by clicking on this blue link:
Arts on Prescription referral form July 2016 and ask your GP or other health professional or counsellor to complete with you and send it to Jessa Leff, Arts on Prescription Project Manager, Arts and Minds, 47-51 Norfolk Street, Cambridge CB1 2LD.

How do I refer a client to Arts on Prescription?

 

  • If you would like to refer a client or patient to Arts on Prescription, you can download and print a referral form by clicking on this blue link:
    Arts on Prescription referral form July 2016 to complete with the potential participant. An alternative to CBT, Arts on Prescription provides weekly workshops for adults experiencing depression and anxiety. Evidence shows them to be effective in reducing the symptoms of depression and anxiety.
  • Previous sessions were the subject of evaluation research carried out in association with Anglia Ruskin University and the London School of Economics (LSE) which found that Arts on Prescription resulted in positive outcomes for 78% of participants in terms of self-reported improvement in levels of social isolation, anxiety, depression and wellbeing and was shown by health economists at LSE to have cost saving potential for the NHS when compared to CBT:
  • What Does it Do?

 

A survey of participants before and after taking part in the 2014/15 programme found:
• 76 per cent reported an increase in wellbeing
• 73 per cent reported a decrease in depression
• 71 per cent reported a decrease in anxiety
• 69 per cent reported an increase in social inclusion

 

  • You can download one of our reports from the following link arts on prescription 2010_12_research report_susan potter or go to the Research and Evidence page.
    If you would like more information on the full report please contact us on 01223 353053 or email mindsarts@gmail.com
  • If you would like to talk to someone to find out more about Arts on Prescription, please call Jessa on 01223 353 053.
  • We are planning a new series of 14 Arts on Prescription workshops in Wisbech from November 2016 to February 2017 (please note, all dates to be confirmed) – do please contact Jessa on 01223 353 053 or email mindsarts@gmail.com if you would like to participate on the course.