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Art in Mental Health

There was an art exhibit called Day 1 at this years dramatherapy conference by Amit Sharma which had been exhibited as part of Mental Health Awareness Week (May) with Shadow Road and OSO Arts Centre. The piece explored a way to use art within supervision within the field of mental health. I was particularly drawn to the wire sculpture. The head was fractured by the wall behind which the torso was attached to creating a brokenness with the impression of […]

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The school that puts wellbeing first

On the BBC Sounds currently is an episode of People Fixing the World from Highgate Primary School in London. Currently about 3 children in every class will have a diagnosed mental health condition and many schools struggle to meet the complex needs. This primary school employs or gives placements to several different therapists. 39 children have a weekly therapy session with 14 different therapists; that is about 10% of the school population. There are interviews with a few of the […]

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How is my body? Three approaches to engage with the wisdom of your body

This week I have been thinking about the body. One of the things I love about dramatherapy is that it is very holistic, interested in the body as well as the mind / subconscious / emotions. The phrase “your body is a temple” is originally found in The Bible but often used in wider culture. I have mixed feelings about this phrase, I like that it expresses how important self care is and I like the idea of our bodies […]

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