Cavan Monaghan Arts and Health Forum is a multiagency network consisting of Cavan County Council Arts Office, Social Inclusion Unit and Healthy Ireland, Monaghan County Council Arts Office, Cavan Monaghan Mental Health Service, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services Woodvale, Mental Health Ireland, Cavan CYPSC, Monaghan CYPSC, Cavan County Local Development CCLD and the Local Arts in Education Partnership CMETB.
Cavan County Council Arts Office lead out on the formalising and maintenance of this network with the dedicated resource of Arts and Health co-ordinator Kim Doherty. Kim Doherty is an art therapist (thewellwithin.ie) dedicated to wellness through arts projects and interventions.
The network has grown from organic arts work in community and health settings over the years through the pilot programme “When Art Works Well” that formally established the Forum. This work focuses on action research projects with socially engaged artists and building capacity through CPD supporting quality service provision centring on the arts.
2021 provides a relevant context for this type of engagement as creativity and arts experiences provide ways to re-connect both online (initially) and in person (this autumn), following a sustained period of distance and separation.