We are unique!
Why Art and Occupational Therapy:
Art is a therapeutic haven for people living with mental health illnesses and addiction
We at Recovery Through art believe art classes and workshops overseen by occupational therapists ensure a safe and non-judgmental environment. As well, they connect and involve clients with their own recovery by setting goals that give hope for the future. During classes professional staff may help with things such as interpersonal issues and anxiety management, abilities that help clients integrate into the larger community.
Art is more than a leisure program; it is a way of healing
Studies show a link between mental illness and creativity. During art classes, participants can become more outgoing at their own pace and make friendships. Classes give structure to the day – clients get out of the house because they enjoy making art and know someone cares when they don’t come. A warm and caring classroom setting is quickly familiar to everyone, reducing anxiety. And developing art skills builds confidence and a sense of accomplishment.
The clients give back
By volunteering and teaching, people take charge in rebuilding their lives and further their recovery. They also are very effective role models for students, who know their own challenges are understood.
Art is a lifelong skill
Mental illness and addiction diagnoses present lifelong struggles. By learning art skills, clients have a healthy activity they can engage in throughout their lives. Many art activities need little equipment so cost need not be a barrier, and learning about art can open up a world of beauty and human connection to last a life-time.
Art brings you outside yourself
When people make art they are engaging in thoughts ‘outside’ themselves. Noticing colour and form, feeling the clay, brush, or pencil in hand helps them break away from the ‘inside’ thoughts that may not be helpful. This effect lasts longer than the art activity itself, and helps everyone see the world around them with more appreciation.
Occupational Therapists teach more than art
Occupational therapists can offer Skills Development Workshops covering topics such as mindfulness, communication skills, conflict resolution and assertiveness. They also help artists put on art sales that can be joyous, successful, anti-stigma and outreach events that teach participants such things as decision-making, marketing skills and how to interact with the public.
And The Recovery Through Art Society is proudly unique!
Recovery Through Art is a success story of mental health clients creating a not-for-profit society to give back after attending a recovery program -The Art Studios. The society has attracted skilled professionals from the greater community at the same time as it remains close to its roots. Recovery Through Art’s cause engages such great, passionate people!