The Feelgood Fashion creative workshops are being provided as part of an arts and health research project called Fashion on Prescription. Fashion on Prescription is an arts-on-prescription [***embed link]: What is an Arts on Prescription programme? FAQ research project being developed by Arts and Health researchers and Fashion lecturers at Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU), in partnership with North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (NWBH).
The Fashion on Prescription project was initiated by Carol Ryder, Senior Lecturer in Fashion, and Arts and Health researcher at Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU), and Dr. Sandeep Ranote, Medical Director at North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (NWBH). Dr. Ranote highlighted the need for socially prescribed creative activities to be made available, alongside clinical care, to improve the health and wellbeing of young people (14-18 years) with eating disorders.
In recent years socially prescribed, ‘Arts on Prescription’ initiatives have shown excellent ‘whole person’ benefits for those experiencing mental health problems, including raising self-esteem, improving self-confidence, providing a sense of purpose, increasing levels of empowerment, helping people engage in social relationships and friendships, and enhancing social skills and community integration.
The Fashion on Prescription research project aims to provide positive, fashion-focused creative activities, free of charge, to young people with eating disorders during school holidays, an acknowledged period of risk for young eating disorder patients.