Professor Paul Crawford is the world's first Professor of Health Humanities, pioneering the field and launching multiple new research, educational and practice initiatives worldwide.

The field of Health Humanities champions the use of the arts and humanities enhancing health and wellbeing exploring diverse approaches to achieve and maintain a quality of life.

Paul directs The International Health Humanities Network providing a global platform for innovative humanities scholars, medical, health and social care professionals, and champion’s community and voluntary sector organisations as creative practitioners to join forces.

He also directs the Centre for Social Futures at The Institute of Mental Health at The University of Nottingham, the UK’s prime location for inter-disciplinary research in the mental health field where an advanced programme of partners work to transform how service users, carers and professionals work together in a new community of understanding.

First Steps ED value the importance of arts in the recovery of Eating Disorders by providing access to creative therapies such as, dramatherapy, dance therapy, and expressive art-based self-help group sessions. Alternative therapies are also accessible including, hypnotherapy, yoga, Pets as Therapy, and reflexology.

These interventions available to our service users and family members have proven to benefit individuals as part of our bundled care package, including those who may have difficulties expressing emotions and communicating verbally.

First Steps ED are excited to partner with Professor Paul Crawford to highlight the importance and benefits of adopting a person-centred approach leading to greater confidence in working with, and supporting, mental health. This would be of benefit particularly for professionals who are looking to broaden their understanding of evidence-based therapies that offer an alternative to traditional talking therapies.

As Paul continues to expand his innovative practice of Health Humanities, his latest collaboration Svindseth, M.F. & Crawford, P. (2019) Humiliation: Mental Health and Public Shameis available through Emerald Publishing HERE