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setting the standards in Arts & Mental Health

Commission for Iguana Bar, Chorlton, M/c

Commission for
Iguana Bar,
Chorlton, M/c

Start mc

Startmc is an arts-based mental health service for adults, part of Manchester Mental Health and Social Care NHS Trust's Recovery Pathways care group.


The new and easier to use structure of Start2 has now launched. Read more here...

More and more people are discovering Start2 and the benefits of using creative activity. Read more here...

University Student Wellbeing services describe the benefits of using Start2.Read more here...

Read about users' experiences at Start. In this story, Mark tells us about the importance of reflecting on his progress through a diary...Read the story here...

6 years on, our creative wellbeing resource pack is still popular. Read more here...

Read about users' experiences at Start. In this story, we meet Kyle and hear about his experiences in embracing the wellbeing themes that underlie the art projects at Start. Read the story here...

Enjoy a wellbeing trail and interactive display at Manchester Art Gallery that has been produced in partnership with Start, or visit Start2 at to try the trail online. These resources look at the use of body language in paintings. They are the result of a 15 week course on photography and body language, run at the gallery by Start and gallery staff for members of the public and people from Start. Read more here...

Articles published in professional journals. Read more here...

Start mc

Start mc helps people to improve, maintain and protect their mental well-being through art and gardening. Our service users are recovering from a period of serious and long-term mental ill-health, and want to use art to build confidence, self-esteem and practical life skills. Read more about Start mc

Interested in joining Start? read more…

Read more about our studios and visit our galleries

Read about our exhibitions

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‘Create Space’ - Start mc’s on-line publication encourages us all to get creative. Our ‘Mind-boosting’ activity sheets give you the low-down. more…

Start mc Latest Newsletter - 2012. Download it here…


Read what people who use the service say about their experiences at Start mc, how it has helped them, and why they would recommend art to others as a healing experience Read more here…



Creating evidence that what we do works is something that concerns us very much at Start mc. We evaluate our major projects and set our findings within the context of current research around art and mental well-being. Read more about our work here


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