From depression and concussion recovery to MS, arts have helped Mississauga residents take back their lives Article by Eva Amsen, Published on Forbes.com on October 19, 2021. “Doctors in Brussels are prescribing museum visits to their patients who are struggling with stress due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Museum therapy isn’t new and doctors in other places, such as Montreal, have also been prescribing visits to the local art museum as therapy. Not all programs are the same, though, but researchers have been studying whether these interventions are effective.” … “In 2018, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and Médecins francophones… Read More »What Do We Know About Doctor-Prescribed Museum Visits? (Eva Amsen, Forbes.com)
Social Prescription news from Belgium. Patients suffering from stress will be offered prescriptions to visit public museums.
Resource: Treating symptoms of depression in people with dementia: Are non-drug strategies a promising option? (McMaster University)
Art therapy and reminiscing effective treatments for elderly with depressive disorders.
The Ontario government is investing $8.4 million over three years in a new Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Crisis Call Diversion Program. This program will help police offer the most appropriate response to calls from individuals experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis.
Resource: The Windsor Essex Compassion Care Community: 2020 Highlights and Results (The Windsor Essex Compassion Care Community)
“The Importance of Being Connected” program was found to increase awareness of the negative effects of social isolation and promote intentional and persistent reaching out to other community members in relational, emotional and practical support.
A research group involving the universities of Windsor, McMaster, Western, Toronto, Carelton, and the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute were involved in program evaluation. A series of academic papers and presentations are in development based on this research.
Resource: ARTS ON PRESCRIPTION: Improving health and wellbeing through arts participation (Alliance for Healthier Communities)
Slides from a webinar outlining several projects in the Toronto area linking culture and wellbeing.
Resource: Creating Health Communities Through Cross-Sector Collaboration White Paper (University Center for Arts in Medicine & ArtPlace America)
This paper presents a case for how collaboration among the public health, arts and culture, and community development sectors is critical to addressing the issues and conditions that limit health in America.
Resource: ‘Artlift’ arts-on-referral intervention in UK primary care: updated findings from an ongoing observational study (European Journal of Public Health)
Arts for health interventions are an accepted option for medical management of mental wellbeing in health care. Updated findings are presented from a prospective longitudinal follow-up (observational) design study of an arts on referral programme in UK general practice, over a 7-year period (2009–2016).