UCL Population Health Sciences


Revolutionising mental health through the arts

31 October 2023, 12:00 pm–1:00 pm


In our first Public Health Voices webinar of the new academic year, we welcome Dr Daisy Fancourt, Director of the World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre on Arts and Health.

This event is free.

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As a society, we are facing unprecedented mental health challenges, and it is widely accepted that our current mental health systems are insufficient to tackle the demand. This presentation will explore the evidence base on how the arts can support in the treatment of mental illness and help to reduce the incidence and prevalence of mental health conditions. It will explore the key psychological, biological, social and behavioural mechanisms through which these effects are achieved and consider how schemes such as Social Prescribing could help to bring arts and cultural engagement to populations who stand to benefit the most.

The talk will be followed by a 15-minute Q&A session.

About the speaker

Professor Daisy Fancourt is Professor of Psychobiology & Epidemiology at University College London and Head of the Social Biobehavioural Research Group. Her research focuses on the effects of social factors on health, including loneliness, social isolation, social & community assets, arts and cultural engagement, and social prescribing. She is Director of the World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre on Arts and Health, a Technical Advisor to the WHO, an Expert Scientific Adviser to UK Government, a BBC New Generation Thinker, and a World Economic Forum Global Shaper.

Public Health Voices

‘Public Health Voices’ is an event series, open to all, which aims to engage with and showcase the importance of interdisciplinarity in public health research and training. Find out more about the Public Health Voices event series.