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Doctors May Prescribe Art, Dance, Singing
April 30, 2019
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A British campaign is expected to launch by 2023 that will allow doctors to prescribe therapeutic art, dance or singing lessons for the treatment of ailments such as dementia, a strategy the U.K government calls “social prescribing” to help build more resilience and happiness at the end of life. In an article in Smithsonian magazine, author Meilan Solly quotes British Health Secretary Matt Hancock as saying, “We’ve been fostering a culture that’s popping pills and Prozac, when what we should be doing is more prevention and perspiration…Social prescribing can help us combat over-medicalising people.”

And, in an article in Exchange magazine, “Making Happy Happen: Building Resilience in Children,” author Rachel Robertson writes about ways early childhood educators can help children develop tools from the beginning of life that will nurture happiness. “Purposefully developing a child’s naturally resilient tendencies will give him the essential life skills he needs to cope with challenges, adopt a positive perspective, and develop self-confidence and self-worth – all essential ingredients for happiness.”

Source: “British Doctors May Soon Prescribe Art, Music, Dance, Singing Lessons,” by Meilan Solly, Smithsonian.com, November 8, 2018





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Martha Llanos · April 30, 2019
Peace Ambassadors
Lima, Lima, Peru


It is a challenge to see that Brittish people are officialy recognizing the strong value of Arts. I am psychologist devoted to early childhood policies worldwide, peacebuilding and resilience as a foundation for human development. Through the power of Play and Arts (music,movement,dance,voice,theater,puppetry, meditation) they all offer unique dimensions for self development much deeper ,more human than a narrow medical approavh directed to prescribed chemicals.
World Forum gave me the opportunity to present in 2015 in San Juan Puerto Rico and EECERA (european network for early childhood) in Bologna 2017 the programme called Peace Ambassadors that is using all Arts for peace.
Mental Health is a worldwide issue Arts have been helping in a very humble ways for centuries. We have to celebrate its recognition!!!



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