Mental Health

Health humanities 

Health humanities is a field pioneered at Nottingham and involves research investigating the relationship between arts, humanities, healthcare, health and well-being. Our studies focus on health in general but specifically mental health in relation to:

  • language, discourse and narrative
  • literary and media representations
  • creative practices in the arts and performing arts (such as music, theatre, visual arts, dance, yoga, sculpture, photography and storytelling)
  • built environment
  • religion and spirituality
  • philosophy and history

The Nottingham Health Humanities group achieved Research Priority Area status in 2015 and is co-directed by Professor Paul Crawford (Health Sciences) and Dr Anna Greenwood (Arts).

We have attracted more than £6m from prestigious funding bodies such as ESRC, AHRC, the Leverhulme Trust, the Wellcome Trust and the Arts Council for our interdisciplinary research.

Research that makes an impact

Creative practice as mutual recovery

Enhancing mental health and wellbeing through the use of the arts and other creative practices. 

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Meet our researchers

Professor Paul Crawford

Paul is the world’s first professor of health humanities and pioneered this research area. He leads the most prominent research network and international conference series in the field.

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Mental Health Research Group

The University of Nottingham
School of Health Sciences
Queen's Medical Centre
Nottingham, NG7 2HA

telephone: +44 (0)115 823 0812