WMHSIG Essay Prize 2021

This year we are asking writers to consider the impact that the Arts in its various forms, or the lack of it, can have on the mental health and wellbeing of women.

Essay title: 'How can the arts shine a light on women's wellbeing and mental health?'

The idea that creative expression can make a powerful contribution to healing has been at the centre of human interest from very early in history. People have used pictures, stories, dances, and chants as healing rituals. Contributions to the healing process have been part of life in the society of many different cultures. Explanations about the relationship between the Arts and healing have been imagined for very long too.

This year, the WMHSIG’s essay prize is moving the focus towards women, the Arts and its relationship with their health and wellbeing, in times of world stress.

Prize: £100 + free attendance at our annual conference 

Word count: maximum 2,000 words

The prize is open to medical students and psychiatry trainees at any stage.  

Please send your essay to kelsey.hentschel@rcpsych.ac.uk by Friday 15 October 2021. Entrants should expect to hear the outcome by the end of November 2021 at the latest.  

How entries will be judged

A panel of assessors from WMHSIG executive committee will review the entries. All essays will be double marked. A marking scheme will be used consisting of the following criteria:

  • coherence of the narrative and clear structure
  • correct grammar and language
  • understanding of the topic
  • originality of the ideas
  • ability to engage the reader.
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