Artistic project aids people in their recovery
LILLIAN Ballangarry and Numen Yarrie are leaving their alcohol addictions behind one paint stroke at a time.
Through art, they are finding a purpose through the Punyu Project, which translated means Aboriginal wellbeing.
The works they and many others have created have been on display during the second Annual Mental Health Month Art Exhibition for Western Sydney at Bungarribee Doonside Community Hub.
Every Wednesday, Ms Ballangarry and Mr Yarrie take part in wellbeing workshops at the Aboriginal Service Centre at Emerton.
“This facility has done wonders for me, it has changed my whole way of appreciating and dealing with stuff,” Ms Ballangarry said.
“I come here and my mind is clear. I can leave all that other stuff behind.”
Mr Yarrie has volun- teered at the centre for 10 years.
“I have always struggled with my alcoholism but I come here and it takes my mind away from that. I come here and it’s not in my system or in my head,” he said.
The project’s support facilitator, Julie Webster, said she had been “blown away” by the program’s impact.
“I’ve been away on holidays but they sent me photos of the works being created and I was overwhelmed by how much beauty has been created,” Ms Webster said.
The exhibition aims to destigmatise mental illness, providing hope and reassurance to people struggling with it and connecting people in need with recovery oriented support.
Details: 8822 2222.
I come here and my mind is clear. I can leave all that other stuff behind.
– LILLIAN BALLANDARRY
Lillian Ballangarry is learning to deal with issues through art.