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International Conference Culture & Mental Health

Project title

International Conference Culture & Mental Health

Description of initiative

Cultural & Mental Health international conference is taking place in Ghent, Belgium on 24 and 25 November 2022. This conference seeks to promote learning, discussion and debate around cultural interventions aimed at improving the well-being of people recovering from mental health difficulties or people in a vulnerable situation. Studies show the positive effect on well-being and health of both active and passive art and culture participation – from listening to music and reading a book to visiting a museum or dancing. Cultural participation is not only good for our well-being, but also has a preventive effect to prevent certain mental and physical complaints. This conference wants to bring together individuals from the public, academic, third sector and voluntary sectors, to share experiences, practices and knowledge about the importance and impact of the arts, reading, heritage and creativity on improving mental health, well-being and resilience.

Further information on the initiative

Themes: Culture and...

Individual well-being
Community well-being
Mental health


international conference, culture, well-being, health

Target group


Cultural field



2022 - 2022

Results, benefits, impact and lessons learnt



Iedereen Leest
NGO / Non-profit | Culture


Museum Dr. Guislain
Public / State | Culture