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"The time has come to recognise the contribution the arts can make to our health and wellbeing."

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As reported in The Guardian , Arts and Minds, a leading arts and mental health charity, has been running weekly art workshops for people experiencing depression, stress or anxiety in Cambridgeshire for the past seven years.

An evaluation of the project revealed a 71% decrease in feelings of anxiety and a 73% fall in depression; 76% of participants said their wellbeing increased and 69% felt more socially included. One participant said: "I feel so much better having had the time and space to do some art. It makes such a difference."

Gavin Clayton, executive director of the charity and one of the founders of the National Alliance for Arts, Health and Wellbeing, says: "Our evidence shows that taking part in creative activities has a positive impact on people's mental health.

"The arts are important for wellbeing because beauty has a role in our lives. If we don't listen to that, or pay attention, then that can cause problems."

Cambridgeshire's success has been mirrored across the UK and the findings are supported by the conclusions of a report by an all-party parliamentary group- Creative Health: The Arts for Health and Wellbeing.

"I'm convinced from the evidence that investment in the arts for health would pay off."

The report, published in July, which followed a two-year inquiry, found that the arts can help keep us well, aid recovery and support longer lives, better lived. The arts also help meet challenges in health and social care associated with ageing, loneliness, long-term conditions and mental health. Crucially they can also help save the care sector money.

Lord Howarth of Newport, co-chair of the APPG on arts, health and wellbeing, says: "The time has come to recognise the powerful contribution the arts can make to our health and wellbeing."

PaintbrushesSo why can the arts be so beneficial? "The arts are a way of forming, shaping and holding in front of your eyes something you feel internally," says Phil George, chair of Arts Council Wales, who last November called on the government to fund the arts to improve health.

"It's about storytelling," he says. "It helps people develop a narrative of their lives and relate to their own experience in a new way. I'm convinced from the evidence that investment in the arts for health would pay off. It would be beneficial, not just in terms of wellbeing, but in terms of the pressures and costs that mental illness puts on the system."

Sarah Wollaston MP, chair of the health select committee, agrees. Speaking at the launch of the APPG's report, she said: "If social prescribing were a drug, people would be outraged that it wasn't available to everyone."

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