Methods: Participants were Gallery visitors over four consecutive days. The tour led visitors on ten stops through the Gallery. Each stop focused on artworks and Gallery spaces, challenged common myths about mental health, and invited visitors to consider their personal views. Participants completed measures of mood and attitudes about mental health pre- and post-tour and provided narrative feedback.
Results: Pre-tour, participants (N=213) reported high levels of happiness, compassion towards people with mental health conditions, comfort talking about mental health, and positive attitudes about mental health. Post-tour, participants (N=111) reported significant increases in happiness, comfort, and positive attitudes. In feedback, participants (N=85) reported that strengths of the tour were the music, inclusion of lived experience, art and mental health links, and reported that the tour was informative, innovative, and improved mental health awareness.
Conclusions: The tour increased positive attitudes, despite positive baseline attitudes, indicating the feasibility of arts-based interventions in major venues to reduce stigma. Sampling limitations and participant retention suggest that arts-based projects to raise awareness should target more diverse audiences and consider data collection strategies in large venues.