What we do
The project enables people living in Brighton to explore new approaches, build emotional resilience and offer support through the use of creativity, facilitated by a group of experts. It works in partnership with the Brighton Health and Wellbeing Centre, the first NHS GP practice in the UK to truly integrate complementary therapies and healing arts.
Finding Your Compass has developed performing arts as an additional treatment for patients with mental health problems by using movement and drawing, specifically, to help people communicate about mental health and manage their wellbeing. The project is open to all, but primarily aimed at those experiencing depression and anxiety. It has attracted people facing challenging situations, financial and personal difficulties, BME, LGBT groups, the lonely and people with learning difficulties.
The project builds on personal experiences so that it works flexibly with participants’ expectations and abilities. This makes it highly adaptable to different geographical, social and clinical areas. Finding Your Compass can be delivered in different formats including tasters, CPD for staff, residencies, one-off presentations of guidelines and training sessions.
As clinicians we have noticed a clear drop off in the number of GP attendances in patients who have been through these programmes. Further formal evaluation is planned in conjunction with the CHASE Foundation.
Dr Laura Marshall-Andrews, Principal GP at Brighton Health and Wellbeing Centre