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Resource: Proposal for a Pilot ArtsCare Social Prescription Program (Mississauga Arts Council)

Following their findings from the Arts for Mental Health Conference in 2021, Mississauga Arts Council created a Proposal for a Pilot ArtsCare Social Prescription Program. Written by art therapist Haley Toll, this pilot program is the next step to furthering MAC’s ArtsCare initiatives to make creative experiences and activities available to residents as a non-pharmacological solution to improving mental health.

Resource: Our epidemic of loneliness and isolation: The U.S. Surgeon Gneral’s advisory on the healing effects of social connection and community (The U.S. Surgeon General)

Given the profound consequences of loneliness and isolation, we have an opportunity, and an obligation, to make the same investments in addressing social connection that we have made in addressing tobacco use, obesity, and the addiction crisis. This Surgeon General’s Advisory shows us how to build more connected lives and a more connected society.

Resource: The Impact of Arts and Cultural Engagement on Population Health: Findings from Major Cohort Studies in the UK and USA 2017 –2022 (University College London)

This report synthesizes the global evidence on the role of the arts in improving health and well-being, with a specific focus on the WHO European Region. Results from over 3000 studies identified a major role for the arts in the prevention of ill health, promotion of health, and management and treatment of illness across the lifespan.

Resource: Political declaration of the high-level meeting of the General Assembly on the prevention and control of non-communicalbe diseases, and mental health (World Health Organization)

Decision WHA76(9): Political declaration of the high-level meeting of the General Assembly on the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases, and mental health Authors: World Health Organization, Seventy-sixth World Health Assembly Link: https://apps.who.int/gb/ebwha/ pdf_files/WHA76/A76(9)-en.pdf Published by: World Health Organization Publication Date: 2023 Country: Switzerland Language: English Type: WHO Declaration