People experiencing loneliness and social isolation often seek out their GP for a medical solution to the deep sense of loss and disconnection they feel. Cecily Maher discusses the growing role of Social Prescribing within healthcare provision, which connects individuals to non-medical sources of support within their local community.
Klaus Unger, a retired architect, has been a frequent patient in hospital over the last six years. He argues that a patient-centred approach to hospital design is essential to improving wellbeing outcomes.
Novelist and short story writer Meaghan Delahunt reflects on her work at the Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice in Glasgow. She highlights the importance of creative writing in palliative care and how it's never too late for any of us to explore our full potential.
Professor Anna Furse, theatre maker and practising academic, reflects on the personal circumstances that have led to a series of projects interrogating the ‘medical gaze’ and how the body, particularly the woman’s body, becomes spectacular through this gaze.
After many years of living with depression, Carol Tobin was introduced to Arts + Minds, a HSE arts and mental health programme based in Cork. Here she talks about her recovery journey and the impact that participating in the arts has had on her life.
This section presents opinion on aspects of arts and health practice from a range of perspectives including health service users, artists, healthcare professionals and researchers. It aims to tease out the often contradictory complexities of arts and health work and contextualise these within wider debates. It also includes personal reflections on arts and health. The opinions contained here are the opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of artsandhealth.ie.
The Value of Collaboration: Reflections on the implementation of the Per Cent for Art Scheme in a community nursing unit
by Bernie Austin
Opening the Box
by Paula Meehan
In Writing: finding a way through illness
by Lia Mills
A quiet megaphone for your knowledge: an artist’s approach to person-centred arts participation in healthcare
by Marielle MacLeman
Both Sides of the Coin: The Distinctive Value of Art in Health Care
by François Matarasso
- The Value of Collaboration: Reflections on the implementation of the Per Cent for Art Scheme in a community nursing unit
Dante or the DSM*? Art and the re-imagining of ‘mental health’
by Dylan Tighe
Mental Health, Recovery and the Role of the Creative Arts
by Dr Pat Bracken
A Love-Filled Slap: A Manifesto for Arts and Health
by Clive Parkinson
Working with stories of other people’s traumatic experiences: Questions of responsibility as an artist
by Dominic Thorpe
- Dante or the DSM*? Art and the re-imagining of ‘mental health’
Grey Matters: The role of the Arts and Health in the delivery of ‘Healthy Ireland’
by Caroline Peppard
Artists, Political Education and the Care of Self in Social Practice
by Ailbhe Murphy
Culture and arts in hospitals – a patient’s perspective
by Katie Verling
Music in common: Probing the divergent mind-sets underpinning Music Therapy and Music in Healthcare
by Aingeala De Búrca
- Grey Matters: The role of the Arts and Health in the delivery of ‘Healthy Ireland’
A Disruptive Influence – introducing the role of an arts and health co-ordinator
by Niamh O'Connor
The Weapons of Life: A case for arts participation as a creative response to mental health problems
by Mary Dineen
A Marriage of Apparent Opposites: The Arts in Medical Education
by Dr. Austin O'Carroll
The place of loss in arts and health
by Mary Grehan
- A Disruptive Influence – introducing the role of an arts and health co-ordinator
Can good arts and health practice be taught?
by Hilary Moss
The artist’s point of view
by Helene Hugel and Marie Brett
A social model for health
by Aidan Warner
Crossword – a patient’s reflection on the WHAT arts programme in the WRH Dialysis Unit
by Johanna Tanner
Why arts and health should not be confused with arts and disability?
by Pádraig Naughton
To evidence or not to evidence?
by Sheelagh Broderick and Catherine McCabe
- Can good arts and health practice be taught?