Arts on prescription is a concept to improve the mental well-being of citizens. The idea is that people with a diagnosed mental condition, such as depression, stress or anxiety, or people at risk of developing such a condition (e.g. due to loneliness) get a prescription not for medicine or therapy, but for taking part in regular arts activities in group settings.
In the project Arts on Prescription, the project partners will jointly develop a model programme that is based on state-of-the-art evidence and experience but is adaptable to different local conditions and public health systems. The model programme will be piloted by local and regional public authorities in cooperation with cultural institutions and evaluated for its health effects, organisational set-up and economic benefits.
The NDPHS is responsible for providing input and advice to all activities making use of the expertise within the Partnership, communicating and transferring project results to key stakeholders, supporting regional knowledge transfer, and taking leadership in the development of recommendations for national AoP schemes.