Mental health

We have considerable experience of working in a variety of mental health settings across forensic, secure, CAMHS, older adult, rehab and community contexts.

We create places that are homely and safe and which support dignity. We understand the huge therapeutic potential of nature, and design interventions that encourage the use of outside spaces.

We value service user engagement and develop programmes that encourage and enable meaningful activity, ensuring that service users feel a sense of ownership and pride.

Wellbeing Moves Dance On Referral

Willis Newson worked with dance artist Lerato Stanley-Dunn to evaluate Wellbeing Moves, a pilot dance on referral programme delivered as an integrated part of Southmead Development Trust’s social prescribing work.

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Human Henge Online

Human Henge Online was a test and learn project exploring stakeholder learning and participant experience of remote online engagement with the ancient landscape of Stonehenge during COVID-19.

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St Bernard's Hospital: Poetry, Enamel Panels and Interior Design

Service users at a medium secure unit have inspired artworks and interior design through creative consultation

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Hertfordshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust: Feature Wall Illustrations

Artworks designed for dementia patients stimulate memories and conversations.

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Callington Road Hospital: Participatory Arts Programme

Creative participation is at the heart of this mental health programme which engages service users and staff, improves quality of life, boosts self-esteem and morale and improves communication

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MK Arts for Health: Evaluation

Evaluation of Arts on Prescription programme for participants with mild to moderate mental health needs

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Emerge Art Programme: Evaluation

A partnership programme offering creative activities to people recovering from alcohol and substance misuse improved their confidence and gave them valuable opportunities to develop new skills

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Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership: Public Art Programme

An ambitious, integrated art and architecture programme for Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust. Service users and staff were involved in the development of each of the 36 site-specific artworks.

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Arts Council England: Reach Arts & Health Partnerships

Winner of The Royal Society for Public Health award for ‘outstanding contributions to arts and health practice and research’.

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