I'm a British clinical psychologist with a research background. I manage the Greater Manchester i-THRIVE Arts, Culture and Mental Health Programme, part of the national transformation of children's services. I also have an NHS clinical role in Lancaster and Morecambe working with children, young people and families (CAMHS).
I began this blog in 2017 to record a WCMT Travelling Fellowship, from a research role at Arts for Health, Manchester Metropolitan University.
I began clinical psychology training (DCLinPsy, Lancaster) in 2010, and studied the role of creativity in bipolar disorder, because of the known links, and partly due to my own experiences of creatively managing extremes of mood in adolescence and throughout my 20s. I have worked in several university psychology research departments including Manchester University in suicide prevention, the Spectrum Centre for Mental Health Research at Lancaster University (notable for service user expertise), and on the Dementia & Imagination research programme.
Luke Jerram’s new public artwork will set in motion a five-year-long programme of bespoke family activities and opportunities, aimed at supporting cultural engagement and child development, and a research programme to understand the impact.
Because ‘awareness weeks’ are meant to change the way we see an issue – not simply raise awareness and move on, this post highlights Creativity and Wellbeing Week 2022 and a number of related events and resources on the theme. Welcome!