An im­por­tant story be­hind the paint­ing

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - NEWS - Carly Cullen Carly.Cullen@sc­news.com.au

ART can be ex­pres­sive and eye catch­ing; and this time it’s be­ing used to bat­tle men­tal health re­cov­er­ies.

Caloun­dra Pri­vate Clinic has ex­hib­ited unique art work to cel­e­brate Men­tal Health Week.

Artists who have strug­gled with men­tal ill­ness have cre­ated as­ton­ish­ing art pieces that have gone on dis­play and are up for sale in the clinic.

The fea­tured artists are on their path to re­cov­ery and are tack­ling the stigma as­so­ci­ated with men­tal health is­sues.

Artist Marie Roigard con­trib­uted to the dis­play with a paint­ing of a boat among serene coast line.

“The paint­ing is of a pic­ture my friend took in New Zealand. I spent a lot of time there at Kawau Is­land,” she said.

“I asked her for per­mis­sion to paint it and she said yes, so that was my in­spi­ra­tion for that one.”

The process of cre­at­ing art can be par­tic­u­larly ther­a­peu­tic.

“It took about four weeks to com­plete the paint­ing,” Ms Roigard said.

Caloun­dra Pri­vate Clinic CEO Donna Kain said re­cov­ery for the artists is a means of gain­ing and re­tain­ing hope, un­der­stand­ing of their abil­i­ties, en­gage­ment in an ac­tive life, per­sonal au­ton­omy, so­cial iden­tity, mean­ing and pur­pose in life, and main­tain­ing pos­i­tive sense of self.

“At Caloun­dra Pri­vate Clinic, we want to em­power our pa­tients to find their own re­cov­ery nar­ra­tive through their art­work, to ex­plore through art where they have been, where they are now, and hope for their fu­ture,” Ms Kain said.

Care is pro­vided by a mul­ti­dis­ci­plinary team of ex­pe­ri­enced men­tal health clin­i­cians in­clud­ing psy­chi­a­trists, psy­chol­o­gists, so­cial work­ers and men­tal health nurses.

Ms Kain said it’s a col­lec­tive ef­fort to over­come men­tal ill­ness.

“To­gether through aware­ness, in­clu­sion and sup­port we can change the “i” in ill­ness to “we” in well­ness,” she said.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

FINE ART: Marie Roigard be­side her ex­cep­tional art work.

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