Performing arts for dementia carers: feasibility and acceptability of a new multi-modal intervention

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Alice Potter reviews a study of a new multi-modal performing arts intervention programme for carers of people with dementia, which suggests this approach is feasible and acceptable.

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Art and mental health on Instagram

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Lorna Collins summarises a study looking at the impact of artwork posted on Instagram. She considers how art can promote mental health awareness, and the impact that sharing can have on the artist.

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Lesbian politics: activism against psycho-pathologisation of homosexuality

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In her debut blog, Karin Jervert looks at a recent study exploring the hidden history of lesbian politics, activism and the movement against psycho-pathologisation of homosexuality during the 1960s, 70s and 80s in the UK.

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Music therapy for autistic children: playing better than listening?

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Hilary Shepherd summarises a recent randomised controlled trial comparing music therapy to music listening for children with autism spectrum disorder.

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Mood changes during art workshops: what can they teach us?

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Lorna Collins reviews a novel study which uses an experience sampling method to track momentary wellbeing over the course of an arts on prescription scheme, to predict changes in global wellbeing for people with anxiety and depression.

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A picture tells a thousand words, or does it? Photography and youth mental health

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Laura Caven and Chris O’Sullivan summarise a recent qualitative study on young people’s experiences and perceptions of mental health and well-being through photography.

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Measuring pupil progress: are we measuring the wrong things?

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Rachel Symons summarises the Progress 8 accountability measure and why it’s important to consider school and pupil background when interpreting exam results.

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Knitting makes me happy

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Dafni Katsampa reviews a recent qualitative study that examines the perceived benefits of knitting and its role in the lives of people who self-identified as passionate knitters.

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Music groups on acute mental health inpatient wards

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Una Foye highlights a small qualitative study that explores the benefits of establishing music groups on acute mental health inpatient wards. She reflects on the boredom felt by many inpatients and the importance of social connection and a positive ward atmosphere that may indirectly improve recovery and mental well-being.

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