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The arts in healthcare

By Bobby Kelly, Independent Journalist. Last edited: 23:59am. 27/10/2021

Hywel Dda University Health Board has appointed two Arts in Health co-ordinators who will help promote and encourage the use of the arts.

The posts are part funded by The Arts Council of Wales.

Arts in health includes any art project, intervention or commission where
the intention is to improve health and well-being through arts engagement,
like working with an artist or musician.

A spokesperson for Hywel Da Health board said:

“Initially, the Hywel Dda Arts in Health Team will be working with the
health board’s Specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services to
run Art Boost,  a one-year pilot arts in mental health programme for
children and young people living with eating disorders, self-harming behaviours, low mood and/or suicidal feelings. This project will help children and young people to build the skills and resilience to broaden
their ability for coping with negative experiences, reduce psychological
distress and gain an increased sense of empowerment by working with artists.” .

Louise O’Connor, Assistant Director of Legal Services and Patient Experience, said: “Although we are at the start of our arts in health journey, the health board acknowledges the many wide-ranging benefits that the arts can offer our healthcare systems. We wish to develop our future arts provision to be safe, sustainable, innovative and effective, based on
evidenced meaningful activity and we are committed to offering high quality arts and health activities and interventions.”

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