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 us to resources and a larger community where we know we’re not along. 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. These workshops are open, and you can drop in any time!
This is a drop in workshop for people living with mental illness, as well as caregivers, family, and friends of people living with mental illness. The current theme is: “Creative Realities”. We’re working with poetry and dialogue to explore the unique perspectives and perceptions of our participants! The last performance was March 2013.
The next performance will be November 1-9, 2013
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.
Curious about how art and mental illness mix? Check out the below articles, organizations, and resources to explore the connection between creativity and the complex inner workings and experiences of mental illness.
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