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Dublin Arts Council’s Health & Wellness Initiative

Dublin Arts Council’s Health & Wellness Initiative

Through the end of 2021, the Dublin Arts Council is partnering with several organizations to build wellness-themed exhibitions and art experiences around Dublin, Ohio. The goal of these exhibitions is to use art to help people in the community improve their mental health and well-being. Some of the participating organizations who will help with the programs include the Washington Township Fire & Emergency Medical Services, Dublin City Schools, and a variety of departments within the City of Dublin. Funding for the Health & Wellness Initiative comes from grants from organizations like the City of Dublin, Ohio Arts Council, The Dublin Community Foundation, and The National Endowment for the Arts. As providers of mental health treatment, we understand just how important and timely this initiative is. These programs come at an opportune time as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted and people recover from the negative mental health impact of the coronavirus pandemic. These events and exhibitions seek to leverage the use of art to promote emotional wellness in the Columbus area.

The Connection Between Art & Mental Health

There have been several studies on the benefits of using art to improve people’s well-being and mental health, and art therapy programs have grown in popularity over the last several decades in response. An evaluation of a long-running weekly art workshop in the United Kingdom found that these services were connected to a 71% decrease in anxiety and a 73% decrease in depression. Also, 76% of participants said their well-being increased.1 Similar results have been shown around the world. Although art is not typically considered an evidence-based treatment for behavioral health conditions, Canada became the first country to allow doctors to formally prescribe art activities for mental health treatment programs. Soon after, the United Kingdom followed suit and now allows doctors to formally prescribe art activities and other hobby-based treatments for the care of a variety of conditions.2 The Dublin Arts Council’s Art & Wellness Initiative is hoping to make these same techniques easily accessible to the community and help improve member’s overall well-being as a result. More information about specific events and exhibitions can be found online at Dublin Art Council’s website. If you or someone you love is struggling with a mental health condition, it is okay to ask for help. Our mental health professionals utilize a mixture of evidence-based therapies as well as holistic practices to provide patients with comprehensive care. To learn more about us at Vertava Health and get started on your healing journey, reach out today.