In 2010 whilst working for Scottish Development Centre for Mental Health, my colleague Hannah and I had the pleasure of receiving funding from the Big Lottery (Investing in Ideas) to undertake some research which we had conceived and designed ourselves based on our experiences working in the mental health sector.
Our previous research showed that attending arts events improves wellbeing, and that people with mental health problems were less likely than the rest of the population to be arts attenders. We therefore felt that more should be done to make arts venues accessible to people with mental health problems. Through our project we consulted with people who have lived experience of mental health problems in order to produce some very practical guidelines for enhancing accessibility and encouraging attendance at arts venues for people with mental health problems.
In February 2011, an article about our project was published in ArtsProfessional magazine in an issue focusing on inclusion.
If you register on the ArtsProfessional website you can access the full publication (issue 232). Alternatively you can find our article here.