Creative Arts for
Health and Wellness

World Mental Health Day Event: an afternoon of Health and Wellness

10 October 2018
1.00 - 5.30pm

The Quaker Meeting House, 22 School Lane, Liverpool L1 3BT

About this event

This a joint venture between the Centre for Humanities and Social Sciences of Health, Medicine, Technology and the Mental Health in Context research groups from the University of Liverpool , involving the Departments of Music , English , Psychology and Occupational Therapy , and inviting arts organizations and health partners across the city.

The event will show-case arts practice (music, reading, drama), emphasizing mental health and well-being, and what the city's culture has to offer in promoting it, as well as the university's research in relation to arts and mental health.

We will be involving arts organizations (Tate, Liverpool Philharmonic, The Reader) and health partners (Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust, Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust) across the city.

The event is open to the general public and is designed to be as participatory as possible. Stalls, posters, leaflets will inform attendees of the range of arts provision and opportunities in the region.


British Psychological Society
Department of Music, University of Liverpool




13.00-13.45: Welcome Lunch

Welcome and free buffet for all registered participants.

13.45-14.00: Introduction

Why are the creative arts good for you?

14.00-16.00: Music + Reading
(Various parallel sessions with small groups)


Meeting Room

Vibe Music Therapy , the leading provider of music therapy services in the North West, will be holding experiential group music sessions and answering any questions you may have on music therapy and musical based activities. This will be a great opportunity for people to explore the benefits of music in a therapeutic environment, explore a wide range of instruments and improvise with others in a relaxed and friendly space. No musical experience is needed to participate.


Institute Room

Liverpool-based UK charity The Reader will host "taster" sessions of its internationally acclaimed Shared Reading activity. Come and experience the pleasure of reading and discussing together great works of literature in small groups and consider joining one of the many groups in the Merseyside region and found out how to get involved as a reader volunteer. No previous knowledge or experience necessary.

16.00-17.00: Drama

Meeting Room

Miss Charlotte Wilson and Dr. Giulia Rampone, drama lovers and actresses from University of Liverpool, will host a session of drama and cognitive psychology. This is focused at communicating emotions and intentions, and creating synergies with other people, through the language of the body. We will look at a series of typical exercises developed to train actors to this scope, which will give you a taster of what joining a (amateur) drama group means. You will be able to enjoy the beauty and fun of this fascinating practice and appreciate its benefits for body and mind. No previous experience required.

17.00-17.30: Concluding Event

With the participation of the University of Liverpool Staff Choir


Illustrating Futures 2018

Comics Youth CIC, a non-profit Social Enterprise that delivers comic and zine reading and creation workshops to disadvantaged and marginalised young people aged 8-25 within the Liverpool City Region. Thei aim is to enable a wide array of audiences to experience the narrative potential of comic and zine art, as well as highlight its accessibility and unique capacity to communicate complex issues relating to discrimination, marginalisation, health and wellbeing. At this event we will have a preview of the exibition Illustrating Futures 2018, a collaboration between the University of Liverpool and Comics Youth CIC that will be displayed at Tate Liverpool from 16-21 October. It will incorporate events including displays of zines and comics published by young people, and displays created by stakeholder partners illustrating the paradigm shift in mental health support.




Coming soon ...



Josie Billington
Institute of Psychology Health and Society
University of Liverpool
Chris Dowrick
Institute of Psychology Health and Society
University of Liverpool
Eduardo Coutinho
Department of Music
University of Liverpool
Joanne Linforth
School of Health Sciences
University of Liverpool
Giulia Rampone
School of Psychology
University of Liverpool
Esmira Ropaj
School of Psychology
University of Liverpool