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Art on Prescription | Art Psychotherapy for Mental Health Patients

Project title

Πολιτιστική Συνταγογράφηση | Εικαστική Ψυχοθεραπεία για άτομα με προβλήματα ψυχικής υγείας

Description of initiative

ΕΜΣΤ participates with two art psychotherapy groups for mental health patients in the pilot action SUB.2.1 “Cultural Prescription as Supplementary Treatment in Mental Health” of the Ministry of Culture.
The Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Health signed in September 2021 a Memorandum of Cooperation for the design and implementation of an innovative Cultural Prescription program. With this program, initiatives are adopted that include the arts and culture in preventive and therapeutic treatment to promote the mental health and well-being of citizens, recognizing the beneficial role of contemporary artistic creation in the health and well-being of individuals.
The implementation of the Cultural Prescription program presupposes the conduct of a research project for the design, implementation and evaluation of the individual actions within the framework of the overall program, in order to achieve the best result. Additionally, the research team will develop appropriate tools for monitoring and evaluating the action framework. To this end, the contracting parties cooperate in a mutually complementary manner for the implementation of the program within the framework of the common public purpose of the creation, planning and implementation of the Cultural Prescription program.
The object of this action is the derivation of a Research Project aiming to create the organizational framework for the inclusion of Cultural Prescription as a complementary treatment for people facing mental health problems or psychological problems from chronic diseases, the design and pilot implementation of the program, the study on the effects of patient contact with art and culture, the process and ways of participation of patients and cultural institutions, and the supervision and evaluation of the program in order to improve it. It will also develop the appropriate tools so that the action can be integrated into the electronic platform of immaterial prescription of IDIKA S.A.

Further information on the initiative

Themes: Culture and...

Community well-being
Mental health
Quality of spaces and built environments
Quality of social relations
Quality of services for specific groups


wellbeing, mental health, museums, prescriptions, art, psychotherapy, contemporary art

Target group


Cultural field

Museums | Visual arts




2024 - 2024

Sources of funding

The project is implemented within the framework of the Recovery and Resilience Fund, “Funded by the European Union – Next Generation EU” National Recovery and Resilience Plan “GREECE 2.0” PRIORITY AXIS 4.6 Modernization and improvement of the resilience of the main sectors of the country’s economy “Culture and Wellness: Art as prescription therapy (“art on prescription”), promoting social cohesion and exploiting the “silver economy”.

Results, benefits, impact and lessons learnt

The pilot phase is still taking place. Once it is finished, EPIPSY (the Research University Institute for Mental Health Neuroscience and Medical Accuracy "Kostas Stefanis" which is carrying out the research) will publish the results.


National Museum of Contemporary Art
Public / State | Culture