Creative Mental Health Framework (CMHF)

Office for Schools (OfS) | July 2023

Creative Mental Health Framework (CMHF) Working with our partner: Growing Resilience

The Student Enterprise Hub was awarded funding from Office for Schools (OfS) working with partners: Tate, Liverpool, Growing Resilience, Lancashire MIND and Lancashire LGBT.

Growing Resilience is a self-awareness course that considers encountering conflict and stress in everyday life is a certain inevitability. The programme shows the participants how to create a mental health toolkit to become more resilient and better able to cope with times of chaos and deal with conflict pro-actively, focusing on a positive future situation.

The project was delivered by students, for students, harnessing creativity to raise profile, reduce barriers and stigma. Students have learnt how to support each other, practice self care and understand mental health triggers.

Through the production of arts and media content, they have developed a strong mutual understanding of LGBT+ and mental health issues. Creativity is at the heart of this peer-to-peer, interdisciplinary offer, with student experience content breaking down engagement barriers.

The Student Enterprise Hub has worked closely with mental health academics, students and researchers to apply creativity to bring diverse students together with a mutual goal of reducing barriers to better mental health.

Programme Delivery

  • Workshop delivery and facilitation.
  • Produce and deliver peer-to-peer mental health framework for 300 LGBT+ students.
  • Restorative practice to deal with conflict – restorative meetings and peer mediation training.
  • Self-awareness – conflict, consequential thinking, and self-direction.
  • Five ways to well-being.
  • Chaos: coping with a bad day–making.

Partner: Tate Liverpool

Students and academics felt strongly that creative disciplines have a vital part to play in mental well-being and can also unify diverse groups. As a result, the Creative Mental Health Framework consisted of media and arts experiences and peer support training, aimed at breaking down barriers to engagement and increasing understanding of LGBTQ+ and mental health issues. One part of the framework included a short, 6 workshop art therapy course at the Tate, Liverpool.

Each of the workshops focused on how art can facilitate well-being. Artist and Creative Practitioner Sarah Marsh and our UCLan students co-created a toolkit that uses Tate’s national collection of art as a stimulus to support mental health and well-being, whilst they could explore the work of LGBTQ+ artists in Tate’s collection.

Read more…