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January 01, 2020

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Does Art Therapy Work?

March 13, 2020

This article explains what art therapy is and its relevance. 

We are in Exeter Living Magazine!

March 12, 2020

This month we entered the Local Art group competition run by Exeter Living Magazine for a exhibition to be held at Exeter RAMM. We are really proud of the article, have a read!  

The arts can liberate us from loneliness

March 04, 2020

This is a brilliant article, not just about how the arts can combat loneliness but also about the research behind the arts, social prescribing and the effect of the arts on the brain. A must read! 

Creatively Minded

February 25, 2020

A mapping study of participatory arts and mental health activity in the United Kingdom commissioned by the Baring Foundation

5 Ways that Loneliness can affect Health

February 11, 2020

Loneliness is a real issue for thousands of people within our society. It can have a detrimental impact on both health and well being, read on to see how your body can be affected. 

Art Therapy is finally being take seriously as a tool for boosting health and well being

January 17, 2020

The medical industry are finally seeing the benefits of art therapy on health and well being. 

Art is good for your health.

January 10, 2020

An article which encourages you to start a good habit! 

Do something creative to enhance your well-being!

December 13, 2019

Everyone and anyone can benefit from adding creativity to their daily lives. 

Deborah Bull: Art offers ‘something extra’ to enhance health and well-being

November 28, 2019

A great article written both from a practical 'hands on' view and with the support of her involvement in academia.

Can burn out in doctors and nurses be alleviated with the arts?

November 13, 2019

A very interesting article about the role that the arts can play in keeping our doctors and nurses mentally healthy. 

Arts and health in Europe

November 11, 2019

The new World Health Organistion  (Europe) report on arts and health co-authored by Daisy Fancourt and Saoirse Finn.  Its all very positive

Study into arts and health

November 01, 2019

This article talks about the need for more research into the area of arts, health and well-being. 

Social Prescribing- Who does it work for and why?

October 29, 2019

This is a fantastic article about the benefits of social prescribing and what the future holds for UK GP's. 

Can art improve your health?

October 14, 2019

An interesting article about the idea that art can improve health within health care. 

Feeling Anxious? Try these artistic ideas!

November 11, 2019

Creativity has long been known to temper depression and anxiety. This article gives you a few ideas to try. 

Creativity can combat stress

January 01, 2020

Being creative for a period of time can lower cortisol levels!

Could culture be the cure for depression?

July 30, 2019

Culture is being prescribed for people with depression in Denmark. The research is being to stack up; arts can help with the recovery from mental illness. 

Taking part in creative activity can improve your well-being.

May 07, 2019

This article explains evidence for how the arts can aid your well being, something we are passionate about here at Magic Carpet. 

Will your GP prescribe the arts?

September 24, 2018

The next time you visit your doctor, they may prescribe a new creative activity with the aim of improving your physical or mental health. A recent study  by the arts organisation 'Aesop' found that 66 percent of doctors believe the arts have a positive role to play in the prevention of illness.


April 01, 2018

Download the Jo Cox Commission report on loneliness below. Case studies, statistics and actions.

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A guide to community-centred approaches for health and wellbeing

February 07, 2018

This NHS Five Year Forward View sets out how our health services need to change and argues for a new relationship with patients and communities.........

BBC article, Depression and Work.

October 24, 2017

'Depression lost me my job': How mental health costs up to 300,000 jobs a year' Mental health and the workplace.

Guardian Article, Loneliness

October 11, 2017

Loneliness as bad for health as long-term illness, says GPs' chief. The estimated 1.1 million Britons to be lonely are 50% more likely to die prematurely than people with a good social network, making loneliness as big a mortality risk as diabetes, says Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP).

Creative Health:The Arts for Health and Wellbeing report

July 12, 2017

This report is from the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing (APPGAHW) which was formed in 2014 aiming to improve awareness of the benefits that the arts can bring to health and wellbeing.

Arts can help recovery from illness and keep people well

July 18, 2017

An article in the Guardian based on the above document, discussing the benefits the Creative arts can have in supporting a healthy lifestyle.

A History of Male Psychological Disorders in Britain

February 22, 2017

This publication was written by Dr Ali Haggett, a friend of Magic Carpet and research fellow at Exeter University. A pdf version is available to download below.

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