Arts and Mental Health (Nick Rowe)

Converge is a partnership between York St John University and Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Trust delivering educational opportunities to adults who use mental health services in York and the surrounding area. Students and staff teach our courses and support those who participate. We have offered educational opportunities to over 1000 people. In the academic year 2016-17, 336 people (164 individuals) completed our courses and 85 university students were involved in delivery and the support of participants. We offer courses in sports/exercise, music, theatre, dance, fine art, creative writing, psychology, life coaching, research methods and storytelling. We run a choir with over 40 members and a theatre company, Out of Character (19 members). We employ 3 members of staff, 13 graduates on casual contracts and work alongside 4 secondees from the NHS.

What distinguishes Converge is that it offers a model of collaboration between a university and a mental health service provider that can make a real difference in the lives of users of mental health services, full-time students and the university community. Each can learn from and alongside the other. It matches the ‘core business’ of its key providers: the university educates its students; the health service has a valuable provision for its clients; and full-time students complete their modules.

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