Mental Health and the Arts

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Mental Health and the Arts is a new interdisciplinary, cross-border initiative founded and directed by Dr Noreen Giffney, Dr Maggie Long and Dr Jolene Mairs Dyer. Each of us has undergone practitioner training for working with people experiencing mental health difficulties: psychoanalytic psychotherapy, counselling or mental health social work. We also have a commitment to the arts and culture, and are academic lecturers and researchers in the School of Communication and Media at Ulster University. The initiative is committed to considering what can happen in the gaps, overlaps and disjunctions between different disciplines, approaches, practices and locations. It explores how it might be possible to facilitate us having difficult conversations about matters that are sometimes unspeakable or unthinkable, by partnering with the arts and culture to help open up a space for thinking and reflection.

Our first event on The Long-Term Impact of Childhood Trauma on Adult Mental and Physical Health took place on Friday 12 October 2018 in the Strand Arts Centre Cinema in Belfast. The event was co-sponsored by the Centre for Media Research at Ulster University and the Belfast Film Festival. It was awarded 3.5 continuing professional development (CPD) points by the Psychoanalytic Section of the Irish Council for Psychotherapy (ICP).
Period12 Oct 2018 → …
Event typeOther
LocationBelfast, Northern IrelandShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Mental Health
  • Creative Arts
  • Performing Arts
  • Visual Culture
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Counselling
  • Psychotherapy
  • Psychosocial Studies
  • Cultural Studies
  • Clinical Practice
  • Psychocultural Studies