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Mental Health refers to a broad array of activities directly or indirectly related to the mental well-being component included in the WHO's definition of health: "A state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease"*. 1 in 4 British adults experience at least one diagnosable mental health problem in any one year.  83% of service users consulted say that a big issue for them is the impact of stigma and lack of understanding of mental health issues.
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The National Alliance for Arts and Health
The National Alliance launched in autumn 2012 and aims to provide a clear and focused voice to articulate the role creativity can play in health and wellbeing. Over the past forty years, a huge range of arts and health work has developed in the UK; the National Alliance seeks to represent this work, to advocate on its behalf, to encourage the use of the arts by health and social care providers and to raise standards in this sector. On the National Alliance website you can find the Charter for Arts, Health and Wellbeing, along with a wide range of resources and examples showing the ways that creative activity can benefit the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities. Arts Derbyshire represents the East Midlands on the National Alliance.

Mental health in Derbyshire - Adult Care at Derbyshire County Council  
For more information, advice and opportunities about different areas concerning your health and wellbeing, see the Derbyshire County Council Adult Care web pages. This information will be useful to you whether you are fit and well and aim to stay that way, or if you, or someone you know or care for, have some health problems or care needs and you want to prevent things getting any more difficult.

1623 theatre company - 'Seeing Shakespeare differently'
1623 performs Shakespeare in non-traditional theatre spaces to engage new and existing audiences with the playwright's inspirational language, vibrant characters and exciting sense of theatre. Recently they have completed a research and development project, exploring the King Lear / dementia dynamic.

Age Exchange
London-based Age Exchange works with older people nationally to improve their quality of life by valuing their reminiscences and giving them opportunities for wider appreciation in the form of visual and performance arts projects; intergenerational projects; exhibitions; publications; documentary film.

Age of Creativity - Inspiring Arts in Older Age 
Do you believe in the power of the arts whatever someone’s age? Age of Creativity is a one-stop resource for people working creatively with older people. Packed with ideas and information to inspire your projects.

Arts & Health South West
- is a regional information, support and advocacy organisation for people who believe in the value of creativity in enhancing people's health and wellbeing. The website features resources, case studies, evidence, news, opportunities and much more, and the network operates an Arts and Health e-bulletin.
Arts & Minds Network
The Arts & Minds Network aims to bring together people in Leeds who believe the arts can promote mental well-being and is open to anyone who wants to see the growth of arts and health.
Arts for Health at Manchester Metropolitan University
With specialism in research, advocacy and development Arts for Health is working with Arts Council England and the Department of Health and a range of partners to better understand the impact of creativity, culture and the arts on health and well-being.

Arts4dementia - Empowering people with memory loss through artistic stimulation.
Arts 4 Dementia is a new charity helping to develop and co-ordinate high-quality intergenerational arts opportunities for people living with dementia in the community, stimulating brain activity and bringing inspirational relief from anxiety and confusion, for them, their families and carers.

The Baring Foundation
The Baring Foundation aims to improve the quality of life of people experiencing disadvantage and discrimination, and so run a grants programme and fund and publish valuable research. Much of their work is in the field of Arts and Health.
Big Difference Company
Big Difference Company is a group who aim to improve the life skills and confidence of people, specialising in using comedy and humour alongside street arts.
Breakthrough – Art in Mental Health – showcasing people’s creative talents
Breakthrough Art is a user led organisation that promotes positive mental health through the creative arts. It develops and influences national policy on art and mental health, shares positive practice and develops an international network for anyone with similar objectives.

The Campaign to End Loneliness Aims to tackle loneliness in old age through supporting organisations with research and dissemination of good practice.

Creative Remedies
Creative Remedies is an arts and health website for Staffordshire and the West Midlands. It showcases projects, has a fully searchable contacts database, and provides advice to those involved or wanting to become involved in arts and health activity. It demonstrates how the arts and health sectors can work together innovatively, using the arts to improve services in areas including Patient Care, Health Promotion, Staff Development and The Built Environment, and provides information on commissioning artists, fundraising, research and evaluation.

Dance4 has a strategic role for dance development across the East Midlands working with a range of partners, venues and individuals to create exciting opportunities to bring dance artists and communities together.

Dementia Atlas: Putting a focus on dementia 
UK map of current provision in the UK for dementia prevention, treatment and care based on national figures.

Derby University
Offers courses in Creative therapies 

Live It Well – Simple Steps to Wellbeing
This website has been developed to support the five year Live It Well Strategy for Kent and Medway and has been designed to help residents maintain their wellbeing and link in to what is available to support them locally. As well as ideas that can help everyone stay well, it has information for people who use mental health services, carers and mental health professionals. 

London Arts in Health Forum
A membership organisation which aims to develop the role of culture in wellbeing and to promote and support arts in health activity across London and nationally.

Paintings in Hospitals
is a charity that uses art and creativity to improve the wellbeing of people with illness, addiction, autism and disability along with the people caring for them (in all health settings not just hospitals).
West Midlands Arts, Health and Wellbeing (WMAH&W)
WMAH&W is a new regional network dedicated to supporting arts and health work and the people who make it happen. The website is a practical resource useful to anyone involved in arts and health. You will find informative case studies produced by a wide range of arts and health practitioners, regional event details, presentations and notes, information on specific projects and a resources area designed to help you with your projects.

*WHO definition of health More about the World Health Organisation 

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