Focus on promoting good mental health in 2023 with UAB Arts in Medicine

Focus on promoting good mental health in 2023 with UAB Arts in Medicine

The Virtual Mental Health Monday series includes sessions on dance, healing rituals, forest bathing, supporting LGBTQ+ youth, suicide prevention, caregivers and reducing homelessness.

Mental Health Monday Virtual Tender 550x413The Virtual Mental Health Monday series includes sessions on dance, healing rituals, forest bathing, supporting LGBTQ+ youth, suicide prevention, caregivers and reducing homelessness.Explore ways to support mental health at home and in the community with a monthly, hour-long series presented by Arts in Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

The UAB Arts in Medicine Virtual Mental Health Monday series features panel discussions and Q&As for guests with experts in their fields. Sessions in 2023 range from dance for health, healing rituals and practices, forest bathing and ecotherapy to supporting LGBTQ+ youth, suicide prevention, carer support and healing. local help for the homeless.

Email Lauren Edwards at with questions. Check out the series and register for webinars at UAB Arts in Medicine is a partnership with UAB Medicine that underscores UAB’s commitment to patient-centered care.

“Art therapy for healing”, 6-7 p.m. on Monday, December 5

Christianne Strang, Ph.D., Research Fellow in the Department of Psychology at the College of Arts and Sciences, and Patricia D. Isis, Ph.D., Certified Art Therapist, will discuss the role of clinical art therapy in The healing. They will show how anyone can engage in artistic creation to improve well-being when life gets tough.

“Dance for Health: The Impact on Whole-Person Wellness,” 12-1 p.m. Monday, January 23, 2023

Each week, UAB artist-in-residence Melissa Turnage teaches dance to people ages 5 to 95 receiving inpatient treatment for psychiatric disorders. Turnage and others will discuss the health benefits of dancing not only physically, but also for the mind and spirit.

“Ritual and Community Healing,” noon-1 p.m. Monday, February 20, 2023

Guests will discuss the history of healing rituals and community healing practices that trace their roots back to the Paleolithic ancestors of man and explore some of these practices, such as music, drumming, dancing and other elements artistic.

“Exploring forest bathing and ecotherapy”, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, March 20, 2023

Spending time in nature can have positive effects on our health. Discover practices that include forest bathing, horticultural therapy, and other nature-based therapeutic activities.

“Supporting our LGBTQ+ youth”, noon-1 p.m. Monday, April 17, 2023

More than half of LGBTQ+ youth in the United States report experiencing symptoms of anxiety and depression, and 45% have seriously considered suicide, according to the Trevor Project. For this AIM Mental Health Monday session, experts will discuss the challenges facing LGBTQ+ youth today and ways to support youth at home or in the community.

“Prevalence and prevention of suicide”, noon-1 p.m. Monday, May 15, 2023

In the United States, suicide is among the top 10 causes of death among people aged 10 to 64, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Although many factors can lead someone to consider suicide, it is possible to prevent it. In this Mental Health Awareness Month webinar, learn how everyone can be part of the solution.

“Caring for the family caregiver”, noon-1 p.m. Monday, June 19, 2023

In 2020, nearly one in five people in the United States provided unpaid care for an adult with functional needs, according to the National Alliance for Caregiving. Caregiving can have positive benefits for caregivers, but it can also have a negative impact on their own physical and mental health. What resources exist to support unpaid carers and what is the future of caregiving?

“Homelessness in Birmingham”, noon-1 p.m. Monday, July 17, 2023

Homelessness continues to be an issue nationally and locally. In July, guests will discuss the current state of homelessness in Birmingham, local efforts to reduce the rate of people living homeless and organizations offering ongoing support in real time.

Launched in 2013, the UAB Arts in Medicine program provides services on a rotating schedule to a growing number of UAB medical units. AIM strives to transform the care environment and improve wellness and healing through creative artistic experiences for patients, families and staff. Integrating the arts into the healthcare environment has been shown to benefit patients and caregivers by reducing stress levels, perceived pain, improving mood, distracting from medical issues and increased self-expression and self-confidence.

UAB Arts in Medicine’s Virtual Mental Health Monday series is made possible by the Independent Presbyterian Church Foundation, Miriam Kirklin Reed, and Susan Mott Webb Charitable Trust.

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