May 2020

1. Yasmin Anwar. UC Berkley. “COVID-19: Mental health and well-being for ourselves and our children.” 2020. United States.

In this webcast of Berkeley Conversations: COVID-19, UC Berkeley psychologists Dacher Keltner, Sonia Bishop and Frank Worrell offered advice on how to tackle COVID-19 stress, based on their specific areas of research, mental health data and proven therapeutic interventions.

2. Cath Neal. Cultural Trends, Vol 24. “Know Your Place? Evaluating the Therapeutic Benefits of Engagement with Historic Landscapes.” 2015. United Kingdom.

This paper emphasises the restorative power of engagement with natural/cultural environments by exploring a body of work that identifies the positive impact of the historic environment on the health and well-being of community archaeology participants.

3. Daisy Fancourt and Saoirse Finn. World Health Organization. “What is the Evidence on the Role of the Arts in Improving Health and Well-Being? A scoping review.” 2019. Europe.

This report aims to increase awareness of the effects of the arts on health on wellbeing by mapping the current available evidence in the field of arts and health.

4. Alan Tomlinson, et al. What Works Centre for Wellbeing. “Visual Arts, Mental Health and Wellbeing: Evidence Review.” 2018. United Kingdom.

This review looks at the subjective, or self-reported, wellbeing outcomes of visual arts projects aimed at adults who are experiencing, or have experienced, diagnosed mental health conditions.

5. Heather L. Stuckey and Jeremy Nobel. American Journal of Public Health, Vol 100 No 2. “The Connection Between Art, Healing, and Public Health: A Review of Current Literature.” 2010. United States.

This review explores the relationship between engagement with the creative arts and health outcomes, specifically the health effects of music engagement, visual arts therapy, movement-based creative expression, and expressive writing.