An elixir of life – the healing power of Art

An elixir of life – the healing power of Art

Skateboarding gives you the feeling of freedom to do whatever you want, however you want. And now, metaphorically, broken boards are being used as canvasses for another kind of freedom; healing from mental illness. “We’re like the boards,” she says. “A lot of us are broken and scratched.”

An organization called Outsider Insight is helping people with mental illness through art. A creative modality as an anti-depressant.

 

The Broken Deck Project shows how art can help overcome mental illness

Outsider Insight hosts art show featuring skateboard decks as canvasses

By Phlis McGregor,

Following a violent attack by a patient when she was a registered nurse more than 10 years ago, Phaedon Tingley became a recluse and was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.

It was her psychiatrist who first suggested she join Outsider Insight, a group founded three years ago with the aim of helping people with mental illness through art.

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