Art therapy has a “clear effect” on severe depression, helping some people to get back to work after time off, new research suggests.
Art therapy has a “clear effect” on severe depression, helping some people to get back to work after time off, new research
How can we accept a society that does not provide the support needed when traumatised children have been brave enough to come forward - as we encourage them to do. Surely it is our moral duty to offer a safety net of support and recovery services at the other side.
I know that art has helped save lives: within art therapy, it has enabled children and adults to make sense of thoughts and feelings when words were not enough. As an activity, it has given meaning and direction to many children and young people who did not engage academically.
As an art therapist specialising in work with children and young people I am acutely aware of the fact that for far too long we have applied adult solutions to children's problems and that one size certainly does not fit all.
The mere act of creating, designing and putting something on paper is incredibly complex. You touch emotions, you practice fine motor skills, planning, imagination. Some amatuer artists produce incredibly accomplished pieces, but that's not the point really. Scribbles can and do have the same dignity and importance.
A social venture and campaigning organisation, CSL's mission is to ensure that anyone that wants it has access to qualified tools and technologies that enable them to express themselves creatively, connect with other people and work together on arts based projects, thereby improving their quality of life.
The modern world thinks of art as very important, something close to the meaning of life. The symptoms of this elevated regard include the opening of new museums, the channelling of significant government resources towards the production and display of art, the desire on the part of the guardians of art to expand 'access' to works (especially for the benefit of children and minority groups), the prestige of academic art theory and the high valuations of the commercial art market.
Today on World Homelessness Day many different organisations and advocates will call upon the public to recognise and respond to the condemning statistics of homelessness in London and elsewhere around the world...