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Welcome to the Medical Humanities Network

Welcome to the Glasgow University Medical Humanities Network, supported by the Wellcome Trust. The medical humanities complement, contextualise and critique purely biomedical, technological or other reductive accounts of what it means to experience illness, encounter disease or transact a therapeutic relationship. In addressing how we comprehend health, sickness, disease and “the embodied life”, such concerns are examined from a range of professional and patient perspectives. This website is intended to act as a forum to connect individuals working across a range of disciplines and practices at the University of Glasgow, who are interested in the intersections of medicine, culture, and the arts and humanities. Megan Coyer & Hannah Tweed

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Project: Creative writing interventions for young people recovering from mental illness

Creative writing interventions for young people recovering from mental illness

In the UK, 1 in 10 children aged between 5 and 16 years has a clinically diagnosable mental health problem (HM Government, 'No Health Without Mental Health', 2011). The 2015 Children's Commissioner's report found that mental health services for children and young people are vastly underfunded, with austerity measures set to cut further preventative services. Numerous studies have proven creative writing (CW) as an effective mental health intervention, have developed thinking around CW strategies for recovery, and have highlighted the need for further research. This research programme seeks to create vital dialogue between scholars and practitioners across a range of disciplines to assess the mental health needs of young people within the UK and how CW interventions can meet these needs. The programme involves three workshops and a conference, all of which are designed to interrogate creative writing pedagogy, research practices and interactions across disciplines and its interventions in mental health.