Arts & Mental Health Festival

Can you dance your way to better mental health?

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11 Nov 2020


20:00 - 21:00

Can you dance your way to better mental health?

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Engaging with the arts can be beneficial for both mental and physical health. This is a key conclusion of a 2019 report from the WHO Regional Office for Europe analysing the evidence from over 900 global publications – the most comprehensive review of evidence on arts and health to date. Based on the report, this presentation will provide insights into the mental health benefits of arts and health interventions, and provide an opportunity to discuss the policy future of the field.



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  • Nils Fietje
    Nils Fietje
    Researcher officer at WHO.

    Nils Fietje is a Research Officer in the Behavioural and Cultural Insights Unit at the WHO Regional Office for Europe, with a background in English Literature and the Cultural History of Medicine. Prior to working at WHO, he was an Senior Adviser at the Wellcome Trust (UK), helping to expand its funding portfolio in the health humanities. At WHO’s Regional Office for Europe, he is leading a project on the Cultural Contexts of Health and Well-being, as part of the Behavioural and Cultural Insights Unit. It is the first systematic research project at WHO to investigate the way in which culture impacts on access, efficacy, and perception of health and well-being. Recently, the project has developed a particular focus on arts and health, having published the first-ever WHO report on the evidence base for arts and health interventions.

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  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: 11 Nov 2020
  • Time: 14:00 - 15:00