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Acing Mental Health through Art
This is a student-staff UCL ChangeMaker Grant with: Ms Aiko Leung - 2nd year BSc Psychology with Education student, graphic and fashion designer, Founder of ARTSMH; Ms Trista Wu - BA Education Studies student – current contemporary dancer with 10 years of experience in ballroom dancing; and Mr Henry Wang - 2nd year BSc Psychology with Education student familiar with data collection and analysis) Mr Ryan Lau - 2nd year BSc Natural Sciences student, current co-Chair of ARTSMH Organisation. This project aims to help UCL students ace their mental health by engaging with the arts. As students, they understand that many of them are struggling mentally during this pandemic. The Arts Mental Health Association (ARTSMH) – a newly founded online UCL student-led non-profit unicorported group – aims to address this goal. Through a series of monthly art sessions and mental health workshops organised over Zoom, we will aim to raise awareness on student’s mental health and conditions. Through our organised activities students can strive to achieve and maintain good long-term mental health by understanding more about the arts and psychology with a community of like-minded peers, discussions and shared creative experiences. We hope these activities will help reduce loneliness and increase a sense of community – key concepts that students have voiced as important. ARTSMH hopes to facilitate knowledge exchange in psychology and the arts with UCL students in order to improve overall mental wellbeing. We want to change the way that students, especially those of other disciplines, think and cope with stress by providing a wider range of knowledge and practical skills to achieve and maintain good mental wellbeing. The skills and knowledge gained will serve as self-help tools during this pandemic and beyond, in future difficult times. We want to use the arts as a medium to reduce stigma associated with mental conditions, through our regular creative group sessions, experiential art workshops, evidenced-based research talks and publications by professors/speakers, and sign-posting to relevant mental health events. This UCL ChangeMaker grant will enable the ARTSMH to expand our events specifically in UCL.
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