All of us need the arts, be that painting, music, films etc: the business of the arts has always been to help us share and understand what happens to us in life. Many people find the arts particularly help them when they have experienced mental health issues. Involvement in the arts can be relaxing, a way of expressing yourself and a chance to socialise.
More than Words is a gallery of podcasts, produced by Develop partner Oxleas NHS, where people from Bromley and surrounding areas show their artworks as a way of showing how art helps them. The aim of the gallery is to encourage people to get involved in the arts and show that you don t need training to benefit. It is part of a project to build up support in the community to help people have art into their lives.
The arts are also good at overcoming misunderstanding around mental health because they show that whatever someone has gone through, someone else has also gone through it and made artwork about it.