Arts + Minds was established by Health Service Executive (HSE) mental health staff in 2007, with funding and support from the HSE Cork Arts and A+M logo grey orangeHealth Programme.

Arts + Minds aim to:

  • enhance the health and wellbeing of mental health service users through engagement with the arts
  • facilitate mental health service users to participate fully in the cultural life of their community
  • challenge the stigma faced by mental health service users
  • enhance the healthcare working environment
  • work in partnership with mental health service users, health and arts professionals; to develop high quality programmes informed by  national policy and the latest research
  • promote the value of the arts within mental healthcare

We work across a range of mental health settings including; acute, special care, continuing care, day care and community. The mental health settings involved are:

We work with professional artists across all artforms including; music, creative writing, visual art, dance and storytelling, and have delivered over 50 arts projects since its establishment.

Funding and support

Arts + Minds is supported by the HSE Cork Arts and Health Programme. It has also received project funding from the Health Services National Partnership Forum, Cork City Council, and Crawford Art Gallery.

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