Locating oneself in the past to influence the present: impacts of Neolithic landscapes on mental health well-being

Heaslip, VA ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2037-4002, Vahdaninia, M, Hind, M, Darvill, T, Staelens, Y, O'Donoghue, D, Drysdale, L, Lunt, S, Hogg, C, Allfrey, M, Clifton, B and Sutcliffe, T 2020, 'Locating oneself in the past to influence the present: impacts of Neolithic landscapes on mental health well-being' , Health & Place, 62 .

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There are well-established links between mental health and the environment. Mental illness is a global issue, and international policies increasingly focus on promoting mental health well-being through community-based approaches, including non-clinical initiatives such as therapeutic landscapes and the use of heritage assets. However, the empirical evidence-base for the impact of such initiatives is limited. This innovative study, known as Human Henge, used a mixed-methods approach to investigate the impact of immersive experiences of prehistoric landscapes on the well-being of participants with mental health issues. Uniquely, the study followed participants for a year after their participation in the project to explore the long-term impact of their experiences on their mental well-being. Findings highlight that, overall, participants experienced improved mental health well-being from baseline to mid- and end-of programme (p = 0.01 & 0.003), as well as one-year post-programme (p = 0.03). Qualitative data indicated the reconnection of participants with local communities, and with other people, in ways that improved their mental health well-being. These data highlight the effectiveness of using heritage as a means of improving the well-being of people with mental health issues.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society
Journal or Publication Title: Health & Place
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 1353-8292
Funders: Heritage Lottery Fund, English Heritage, The National Trust, Bournemouth University, The Richmond Fellowship, Restoration Trust, Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust, Wiltshire County Council
Depositing User: VA Heaslip
Date Deposited: 20 Oct 2022 10:04
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2022 10:04
URI: https://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/65254

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