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About ERA

About ERA

ERA is a research study comparing group arts therapies with group talking therapy to see if group arts therapies are effective for people with different types of mental illness. Arts therapies describe therapies that make use of an art form. Within ERA these consist of art therapy, music therapy and dance movement therapy.

Arts therapies use different art forms and creative activities to help people living with mental illness. We would like service users to try out either arts or talking therapy, both of which include regular meetings in groups. Arts therapies may help group members to express emotions and to have experiences that might not be possible in talking therapies alone.

While arts therapies are popular with many service users, they are not always provided in NHS services. So far, there has been little research to conclusively show that they are helpful and existing research has involved people with the same diagnosis (such as schizophrenia). The ERA study will involve people with a range of different diagnoses to reflect more closely what would happen in practice.

In the ERA study, we are comparing group therapies that use the arts with a group therapy that uses talking.

Contact details to refer patients.

Find out more about how to participate in the ERA study.

The involvement of service users and carers is crucial in ensuring that the voices of those who have experienced mental health issues either directly or indirectly, are central to the study.

The aim of the ERA study is to see if art therapy, dance movement therapy and music therapy groups are effective in reducing distress from common symptoms of mental illness

The ERA study started in September 2018. We have two key phases: an internal pilot and then the full trial.