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The Creative Recovery project teaches visual art skills to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with mental health problems with the aim of improving the social and emotional wellbeing of those involved. People participating in the program attend weekly workshops at an arts centre where they learn to express themselves and share their thoughts and feelings through the visual arts.
It is envisaged that by engaging people with mental health needs in a meaningful activity that involves creative expression, the following objectives can be achieved:
This project was piloted in a Cape York community with the intention to extend the project to other communities. Creative Recovery was a collaborative project, involving input from numerous stakeholders including: Queensland Health; the Australasian Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health; Arts Queensland; Access Arts; the Royal Flying Doctor Service; Disability Services Queensland; and other local community service providers.
Abstract adapted from Australasian Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health
PO Box 1236
Brisbane Qld 4005
Ph: (07) 3333 2700
Mobile: 0488 001506
Mobile: 0407 690444