If you weren't convinced yet, another large-scale study recently got published in the European Journal of Public Health. Read more here.
We just came back from the 9th International Arts and Health Conference in Sydney where -yet again- we met the most amazing people, organising extra-ordinary Arts & Health projects.
This was one of those highlights. Emma Lazenby makes the videos that are beautiful and very true. They also touch the soul so please take this into consideration when watching.
To find out more about the International Arts and Health Conference, click here.
To find out more about Emma and see some more of her amazing videos, click here.
A very uplifting article for a rainy Monday. Read more here.
Dancing a way to improve your health.We say yes to this!
Read more here.
Interesting read to learn more about psychosis and schizophrenia but definitely an interesting read to realise the importance Art Therapy can play within treatment.
Read the article on Brain Blogger
Do we always need proof to tell if something helps?
Huma Quereshi writes very eloquently about her experiences and that of others. We completely agree with her however we would like to add something to it: there is the art of baking it but there is also the art of eating it. We like both in equal measures.
Please find the whole article on the Guardian website.
Peter Cashmore, talks about why rapping helps him with his depression
Insightful article and very commendable to speak out in such a tough world.
The whole article can be found by clicking on the image below.
Certain people do not think about what they say, others think long and hard. Well done John Franklin Stephens for speaking out.
Ann Coulter is a lawyer and a social and political commentator. She left a tweet that is impossible to repeat. You can find the tweet here.
John Franklin Stephens wrote a response which just shows the power, wisdom and beauty of the written word. Regretfully not everyone possesses this gift.
Dear Ann Coulter,
Come on Ms. Coulter, you aren’t dumb and you aren’t shallow. So why are you continually using a word like the R-word as an insult?
I’m a 30 year old man with Down syndrome who has struggled with the public’s perception that an intellectual disability means that I am dumb and shallow. I am not either of those things, but I do process information more slowly than the rest of you. In fact it has taken me all day to figure out how to respond to your use of the R-word last night.
I thought first of asking whether you meant to describe the President as someone who was bullied as a child by people like you, but rose above it to find a way to succeed in life as many of my fellow Special Olympians have.
Then I wondered if you meant to describe him as someone who has to struggle to be thoughtful about everything he says, as everyone else races from one snarkey sound bite to the next.
Finally, I wondered if you meant to degrade him as someone who is likely to receive bad health care, live in low grade housing with very little income and still manages to see life as a wonderful gift.
Because, Ms. Coulter, that is who we are – and much, much more.
After I saw your tweet, I realized you just wanted to belittle the President by linking him to people like me. You assumed that people would understand and accept that being linked to someone like me is an insult and you assumed you could get away with it and still appear on TV.
I have to wonder if you considered other hateful words but recoiled from the backlash.
Well, Ms. Coulter, you, and society, need to learn that being compared to people like me should be considered a badge of honor.
No one overcomes more than we do and still loves life so much.
Come join us someday at Special Olympics. See if you can walk away with your heart unchanged.
A friend you haven’t made yet,
John Franklin Stephens
Special Olympics Virginia
The original letter was posted on The World of Special Olympics website.
The Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health at the Canterbury Christ Church University is leading the researching into the potential value of music in the promotion of well-being and health of individuals and communities.
They have now published four Singing for Health guides on:
This info will be saved in the Literature section under the Resources tab which you can find on the Navigation bar.
The Sing Your Heart Out website is also well worth a visit. These are a series of singing workshops for people to get together and enjoy themselves, and to gain the known benefits to mental health from singing.
Below is a lovely clip about these lovely workshops.
Food for thought. Very interesting article on the BBC website about the research into creativity and its plausable link with mental illness.
Please click on the article to go to the BBC website.
Tell me and I will forget;
show me and I may remember;
involve me and I will understand.
Old Chinese Proverb