One in four Americans will receive a mental illness diagnosis at some point in their lives. This diagnosis can isolate, stigmatize, confound, and instill fear. Or, it can connect people to vital hope and resources. A big part of that connection is learning to honor, share, and create out of personal experience.
Well Arts‘ workshop “Beautiful Minds” in partnership with the National Alliance on Mental Illness Washington County Center provides basic and intermediate writing classes for anyone who has a mental illness diagnosis, or anyone who caregives for a family member of friend with a mental illness diagnosis. We currently maintain two workshops in this program, one for adults and one for youth ages 12-23. These workshops are open, and you can drop in any time!
Currently, we’re working on metaphors, style, voice, and character to reveal the truths of mental illness, as well as, you know, being alive. The performances will be in March 2012.
Location: Washington County Center, 18680 Southwest Shaw Street
Aloha, OR 97007-1250.
Time: 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month from 11am-12:30pm
Click here for a map to NAMI Washington County.
Mental Illness and the Arts Links
Art and Mental Illness New York Times
Creativity and Mental Illness Wikipedia Article
The Awakenings Project
Photographing the Landscape of Mental Illness in Indonesia New York Times
Mental Illness and Creativity Stanford Journal of Neuroscience
Drawing Mental Illness Brainpickings.org
Art Helps People Live With Mental Illness Huffington Post
Using Artwork To Help Understand The Experience of Mental Illness