International Helath Humanities Network: Humanities Subject Area Reports

Selected Humanities Subject: Storytelling

Supported reporting of lived experience of people with mental illness

People with mental health challenges and others involved in their lives may benefit from reporting - writing and then possibly publishing - their lived experience. We describe a process to support such reporting.

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Converge: university-based courses in the arts for people who use mental health services

Converge offers courses in the arts to people who use mental health services. These courses are taught by university students and staff.

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Piano Moves

A dance performance by 3rd Stage Dance Company concentrating on piano studies by composers such as Scolding, Turner, Debussy, Schuman and Sculthorpe.

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Theatre for Children in Hospital. The Gift of Compassion.

I am delighted to share the news about the recent publication of my new book 'Theatre for Children in Hospital. The Gift of Compassion" (Intellect, December 15th 2016) with the IHHN members. The book presents a 5-year theatre research study with children and their families in hospitals in W. Midlands in the U.K. Detailed examples of everyday artistic practice in hospital, vibrant dialogues between children as audiences and actors as visitors in the medical world, incidents of breath-taking theatrical experiences in children's wards (paediatrics, cardiac, oncology and intensive care units) and, evidence of the impact of bedside theatre on child emotional and social wellbeing during their stay in hospital make this book unique. Now that I am reading it, I feel that I have been truthful to myself while writing it. I also feel that I represent the truths of my actors, volunteers and audiences, including children, their families, nursing staff and arts managers in hospitals. Of course, I may be biased and therefore, I would love to hear from you, the readers, about your impressions, views, and opinions. My contact is p.sextou@newman.ac.uk 

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The Bird Island. A 3-year CADLab arts-based participatory project for children in hospitals and children in schools in West Midlands.

Newman University CADLab has secured a grant from BBC Children in Need to develop its Drama department's work in Applied Theatre and Wellbeing to improve the lives of young sick children in local hospitals.

 

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  • Arts & Humanities Research Council
  • The  institue of mental health nottingham
  • National Institute of Health
  • Centre for Advanced Studies
  • The University of Nottingham United Kingdom China Malaysia
  • De Montfort University Leicester
  • OPPNET Basic Behaviour & Social Science Opportunity Network