Culminating Project ResourcesMental Health & Wellbeing and Teaching Artists:
About the Project
Yvonne’s Think Tank focused on mental health and wellbeing, and the role of Teaching Artistry.
The session explored the role of the Teaching Artist in supporting mental health and wellbeing within the various cohorts and communities we work in. What are we currently doing well? What could we do better? What training needs to be in place for Teaching Artists to feel enabled, informed and supported in this work?
The follow-up working group will collaborate and discuss where the current resources and gaps exist in supporting TA mental health and wellbeing (both in ourselves and our participants).
The group will collectively determine the way in which they choose to work, but it is likely they will focus on:
- working to establish a code of effective and ethical practice for Teaching Artists with regards to mental health and wellbeing,
- collating existing resources in this area for use by Teaching Artists,
- identifying areas which require further input/research/professional development opportunities, with a view to then developing these opportunities by identifying individuals or organisations who can produce them, and/or securing funding with which to do so.
With mental health problems affecting 1/4 of our population (at least!), and these rates increasing due to COVID, it is timely that Teaching Artists bring this to the forefront.
The outcome of this project will depend on what the group feels is best, but is likely to be something like the creation of a webpage which would allow us to host a code of practice/charter for Teaching Artists with regards to mental health and wellbeing, as well as being an easy-access page for existing resources in this area and for hosting newly developed resources or training opportunities.