Art of feeling good
CRAFTING BETTER MENTAL HEALTH
COOLOONGUP resident and mental health advocate Bec Thomas hopes to help those affected by mental health issues through art and craft.
Rockingham residents who have been affected by mental health issues are eligible to participate in free workshops in ceramics, hand sewing, painting and short story writing through the Out of the Blue project.
Ms Thomas is the Friends of Rockingham Arts Community (FORAC) chairwoman. She said all ‘under the sea’ workshop creations would be exhibited at the Rockingham Arts Centre during Mental Health Week in October.
“This community project aims to involve people who have been affected by mental illness in a positive atmosphere and promote the well-being benefits of creativity when dealing with mental health issues,” she said.
The mother of two said she had lived with a mental health condition for more than 20 years.
“I have only in the past five years, since moving to Rockingham, been offered the right medication and therapy to allow me to manage my condition and live a productive life,” she said.
After receiving help with her mental health, Ms Thomas started a ceramics studio in Rockingham and created not-for-profit organisation FORAC to combine her passion of the arts and helping others.
“My passion is working with people with mental illness and involving them in the arts as a therapy,” she said.
Ms Thomas said the workshops would highlight the importance of mental health.
“We received $7500 from the council for this project to fund these workshops over the next few months,” she said. www.communitypix.com.au d482094
Bec Thomas is hosting art workshops to improve mental health outcomes.