European Project: Theatre for Positive Mental Health

Published On 26 March, 2018 | Current Projects, Latest News

Promoting Interdisciplinary Collaboration in Arts and Health

Supported by Erasmus+

Smashing Times Theatre and Film Company are delighted to announce the launch of Theatre for Positive Mental Health, a new Europe-wide, transnational project using creative processes of theatre and film to promote positive mental health and well-being.

Building on the innovative and award-winning Acting for the Future arts and health project, Smashing Times are now delighted to be involved in a new programme promoting collaborative exchange and mutual learning between five partner organisations, two from Ireland, and one each from Spain, Italy, and Latvia. Theatre for Positive Mental Health brings together artists and educators to explore the use of creative processes to promote positive mental health and coping strategies for dealing with stress and anxiety. The five partners are Smashing Times Theatre and Film Company, Dublin, Ireland (lead partner); EURORESO, Naples, Italy, www.euroreso.eu; Biedriba Eurofortis, Riga, Latvia, www.eurofortis.lv; Fundacion Intras, Valladolid, Spain, www.intras.es; and Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, www.tcd.ie .

According to the Europe Mental Health Action Plan, 2013-2020, mental health disorders are one of the greatest public health challenges in the European Region as measured by prevalence, burden of disease and disability. Mental health problems, including depression, anxiety and schizophrenia, are the main cause of disability and early retirement in many countries and are a major burden to economies, demanding immediate and sustained policy action. According to the Europe Mental Health Action Plan, all sectors of society have a responsibility in terms of promoting positive mental health and the best way forward is to develop a multi-sector approach made up of cross-sectoral working partnership involving a range of organisations from governmental level to independent community based organisations.

It is in response to the Europe Mental Health Action Plan and the current mental health crisis affecting people of all ages, that the five partners have come together to run Theatre for Positive Mental Health. The aim is to work collaboratively to develop a range of creative tools and processes that adult educators can use to promote positive mental health and coping strategies for stress and anxiety. The project is aimed at adult educators who work with young people, adults aged 18 and up, and adults of all ages, in third level educational contexts, in youth and community-based contexts and in wider educational and public contexts.

The partner organisations come together through five collaborative partner exchanges to share good practice and collaboratively combine their existing expertise, knowledge, and work practices that already have a successful track record in order to create a new European wide creative arts programme to be implemented by artists and health care educators in each partner country using theatre and film to promote positive mental health and well-being.

The project results in the creation of a book, a theatre workshop model, video demonstrations, and a short creative art film, promoting positive mental health and well-being, and coping skills for handling stress and anxiety.

The project is of benefit to artists, creative arts practitioners, educators, health care staff, and health service users, and fosters creativity and collaboration between artists, arts organisations, and those working in health care settings and the wider community.

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