Reading & Resources

You can access an archive of monthly resources shared with Arts, Culture and Mental Health Ambassadors, as part of the GM i-THRIVE for systems change in children’s services.

Key Reading

Fancourt, D. & Finn, S. (2019) What is the evidence on the role of the arts in improving health and wellbeing? A scoping review. World Health Organisation.

All Party Parliamentary Group for Arts, Health and Wellbeing. (2017) Creative Health: The Arts for Health and Wellbeing
The Short Report.

Fancourt, D. Arts in Health (2017). Oxford University Press.

Taylor, K. (2018) Art Thou Well: Towards Creative Devolution of Mental Health in Greater Manchester. Winston Churchill Memorial Trust.

Gordon-Nesbitt, R. (2015) Exploring the Longitudinal Relationship Between Arts Engagement and Health. Arts for Health, MMU.

Ministry of Education & Culture and Ministry of Health and Social Affairs, Finland (2019) Recommendation for Improving the Availability and Accessibility of the Arts and Culture in Social Welfare and Healthcare, Including Health Promotion. 

Arts and Health Resources

Arts for Health (Manchester Metropolitan University) Director Clive Parkinson’s excellent weekly blog rounds up the latest news from the arts and health world:

The Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance

The Manchester Institute for Arts, Health and Social Change

Dementia and Imagination: Research Informed Approaches to Visual Arts Programmes

Center for Arts in Medicine provide a comprehensive Research Database

Read a blog from Greater Manchester Director of Public Health Alan Higgins, on Health as a Social Movement and the Live Well Make Art initiative.

Nous Magazine for mind cultural and empathic thinking.

Ziggy’s Wish are a small team of specialists, that brings together larger teams of professionals, in order to help overcome the challenges that occur when:
you have important issues on one hand,
a lack of understanding on the other, and
barriers to conversation in between.

Hoax, a trilogy of artworks telling the true story of a young man from Manchester, his poetry, life and death with schizophrenia. In 2014 the award-winning stage musical HOAX My Lonely Heart and graphic novel HOAX Psychosis Blues launched to sellout audiences at The Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester.

Psychosis Research Unit, Manchester

Further Links

Children & Young People’s Evidence Bank: a collection of direct quotes from children & young people on a diverse range of subjects.

GMiTHRIVE website

National THRIVE Team at the Anna Freud Centre

Fonagy, Peter (2020) On a revolution in mental healthcare. The Life Scientific, BBC Radio 4.


Baker, Bobby (2010) Diary Drawings. Profile Books London.

Berger, J. (1972) Ways Of Seeing. Penguin Books London.

Koestler, Arthur (1964) The Act of Creation. Hutchinson & Co. London.

De Botton, A., & Armstrong, J. (2016) Art As Therapy .Phaidon Press.

Malchodi, C (ed) (2005) Expressive Therapies. Guilford Press, New York.

Read, Herbert (1943) Art As Education. Faber and Faber, London.

Tischler, V (2010) Mental Health, Psychiatry and the Arts: A Teaching Handbook. Radcliffe Publishing Ltd.

Online Resources

The Art of Wellness: online course on Visual Arts and Health

Arts and Dementia 


Bartlett, R. (2010) Broadening the Dementia Debate: Towards Social Citizenship The Policy Press Bristol.

Killick, J. & Craig, C. (2012) Creativity and Communication in Persons with Dementia: A Practical Guide Jessica Kingsley Publishers London.

Killick, J., Allan, K., Lang, R., Zoutewell-Morris, S., Hodge, N., Cameron, I. (2012) Playfulness in Dementia: A Practical Guide Jessica Kingsley Publishers London & Philadelphia.

Kitwood, T. (1997) Dementia Reconsidered: The Person Comes First Open University Press Philadelphia. A SEMINAL TEXT ON DEMENTIA.

Rosenberg, Parsa, Humble, & McGee (2009) Meet Me: Making Art Accessible to People with Dementia The Museum of Modern Art New York.

Online Resources

Dementia and Imagination
Investigating how can art make a difference to people with dementia and their families carers and communities, this 3 year Arts and Humanities Research Programme completed data collection in 2016.

The Conversation
Combining Daycare for Children and Elderly People Benefits All Generations
by Dr Catrin Hedd-Jones

Created Out of Mind
Residents at the Hub, at The Wellcome Collection in London, the team aims to explore, challenge and shape perceptions and understanding of dementias through science and the creative arts.

Insightful Guardian article in Science and Technology on new Wellcome Trust Hub project Created Out Of Mind: Forgetting But Not Gone: Dementia and the Arts 

Bipolar Disorders


Caramangno, Thomas C. (1992) The Flight of The Mind: Virgina Woolf’s Manic Depressive Illness University of California Press.

Fieve, Ronald R. (2006) Bipolar II Holtzbrinck Publishers.

Jamison, Kay Redfield (1995) An Unquiet Mind Picador Classics London, New York, Canada.

Jamison, Kay Redfield (1992) Touched with Fire: Manic Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament Free Press Paperbacks.

Jones, S., Haywood, P. & Lamb, D.(2002) Coping With Bipolar Disorder Oneworld Oxford.

Whybrow, Peter C. (1995 & 2015) A Mood Apart Original Henry Holt. New Edition Basic Books (2015).

Online Resources

Cooke, A. (Ed). (2014). Understanding Psychosis and Schizophrenia: Why people sometimes hear voices believe things that others find strange, or appear out of touch with reality, and what can help. A report by the British Psychological Society Division of Clinical Psychology.

Understanding Bipolar Disorder a useful research-based report from the British Psychological Society

For a large programme of leading research in bipolar disorder visit The Spectrum Centre for Mental Health Research at Lancaster University

More Psychology


Bentall, R.P. (2003) Madness Explained Penguin Books London.

Davies, J. (2013). Cracked: Why psychiatry is doing more harm than good. London: Icon Press.

French, Smith, Sheers, Reed and Rayne (2010) Promoting Recovery in Early Psychosis Blackwell Publishing London.

Gladwell, Malcolm (2005) Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking Penguin Books London and NY.

Jung, Carl (1967) The Spirit in Man, Art and Literature Routledge London.

Kinderman, P. (2014). A prescription for psychiatry. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Lao-Tzu (1993 Edition – ancient Chinese text) translated by Stephen Addiss and Stanley Lombardo Tao Te Ching Hackett Publishing Company Indiana & Cambridge

Perry, Philippa Couch Fiction: A Graphic Tale of Psychotherapy (2010) Palgrave MacMillan UK & New York.

Pollen, M. How To Change Your Mind: What The New Science of Psychedelics: Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression and Trancendence (2018) Allen Lane.

Sacks, Oliver (2011) The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat
An Anthropologist on Mars
A Leg To Stand On 
Seeing Voices
An Island of the Colourblind
Uncle Tungstun
Oaxaca Journal
The Mind’s Eye

Storr, Anthony (1992) Music and the Mind Harper Collins.

Tan, S., Pfordresher, P., Harre, R. (2010) Psychology of Music; From Sound to Significance Psychology Press New York.

Wilkinson, R. & Pickett, K. (2009). The Spirit Level: Why More Equal Societies Almost Always Do Better. London: Allen Lane.

Yalom, Irvine D. (1999) Momma and the Meaning of Life Basic Books US & London
Love’s Executioner and Other Tales of Psychotherapy
Staring at the Sun

The Gift of Therapy
Existential Psychotherapy
Every Day Gets a Little Closer
Encounter Groups: First Facts
Inpatient Group Psychotherapy
The Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy
When Nietzsche Wept
Lying on the Couch

Raising Awareness

Films made by Guy’s and St Thomas Hospital to raise awareness among staff about Dementia.

Finally… Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowships

The WCMT funds UK citizens to investigate inspiring practice in other countries, and return with innovative ideas for the benefit of people across the UK.