As a society, we are facing unprecedented mental health challenges, and it is widely accepted that our current mental health systems are insufficient to tackle the demand.
This presentation will explore the evidence base on how the arts can support the treatment of mental illness and help to reduce the incidence and prevalence of mental health conditions. It will explore the key psychological, biological, social and behavioural mechanisms through which these effects are achieved and consider how schemes such as Social Prescribing could help to bring arts and cultural engagement to populations who stand to benefit the most.
The talk will be followed by a 15-minute Q&A session chaired by Dr Karen Mak (Senior Research Fellow in Epidemiology/Statistics).
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Professor Daisy Fancourt, Professor of Psychobiology & Epidemiology at University College London and Head of the Social Biobehavioural Research Group.
Anyone is welcome
The event will be of particular interest to prospective students, current UCL students, UCL staff, external researchers, and the public with an interest in how the arts can support the treatment of mental illness.