Mental Health and Benefits of Art Therapy
Mental health is a complicated field. There are many different mental illnesses and conditions and each of these conditions affect people in different ways. This means that while one treatment can work for one person, it is not guaranteed to work for another. The most commonly known treatments of mental illnesses include medication, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and community support. There are however, a range of lesser known treatments available to treat mental illnesses such as depression, anxiety and PTSD and improve overall mental health.
Art Therapy as a treatment for mental health
Art Therapy can involve painting, drawing, sculpting, making collages or visual journaling. In other words, any therapy that uses visual arts in a therapeutic context. Art Therapy is guided by an accredited professional who tailors each therapeutic activity to their clients’ unique needs.
There are many benefits to Art Therapy as a mental health treatment. First and foremost is self-discovery. Art Therapy can help you acknowledge and recognise feelings that are present in your subconscious, allowing you to take control. Art Therapy can also act as an emotional release, giving people with mental illnesses an outlet for negative emotions or fears they are otherwise unable to express. Eventually the process will act as a form of stress relief and lead to feelings of calmness and relaxation. This entire process can also extremely beneficial for your self-esteem, instilling feelings of self-worth and confidence.
Struggling with your mental health? Art Therapy may be the path for you
Studies have shown that creating art not only helps you understand and overcome your emotions but also stimulates the release of dopamine, a chemical that is associated with feelings of pleasure. All in all, mental health professionals generally agree that Art Therapy can boost self-esteem, instil a sense of control and provide a safe outlet for difficult emotions.