May Is ‘Mental Health Awareness Month’May is 'Mental Health Awareness Month'. Here's a little about the history behind this month, as well as hoe art and other creative activities can help boost your mental health!
Mental health issues affect nearly half of the global population, at some point, by age 40. Add to that, recent challenges of the pandemic for maintaining mental wellness, managing fears and uncertainty, and one thing is clear: it’s time to think differently when it comes to how we engage our minds.
Mental Health Month raises awareness of trauma and the impact it can have on the physical, emotional, and mental well-being of children, families, and communities. Mental Health Month was established in 1949 to increase awareness of the importance of mental health and wellness in Americans' lives, and to celebrate recovery from mental illness. Mental health is essential for a person's overall health. Prevention works, treatment is effective, and people can recover from mental disorders and live full and productive lives.
Over the past 20 years the public health community and the general public have made efforts to increase the importance of understanding both prevention and treatment of mental health problems. These efforts have significantly improved the outlook for those affected by mental illnesses.
The arts offer an evidence-based solution for promoting mental health. While praticing the arts is not the panacea for all mental health challenges, there’s enough evidence to support prioritizing arts in our own lives at home as well as in our education systems. They help us to learn something new, build confidence, express ourselves, and discover more about ourselves!
Joi us for a class this month or any time of year and feel better fast!
JOIN US all month long (or any time of year) to relax and unwind with a painting lesson and a glass of wine in your hand.
These are some of our personal faves for most-relaxing to paint in terms of sunject AND color scheme:
(Cover photo): Lilacs In Bloom (6/3)
This painting is inspired by the beautiful spring lilacs that we wish would last all year. The butterfly signifies the wonderful summer that soon follows.
5/18 Sweet Pea
Who doesn’t get happy looking at some brightly colored flowers?
5/20 Colorful Wave
The stuinning shades of a crashing wave and sunset sky.
5/22 Calming Tides
The name of the painting says it all. One of our favorites.
5/23 Sweet Succulents
Paint some beautiful succulents nesting in a planter. Gorgeous shades of greena nd sure to liven up any sapce AND your mood!
5/29 Celestial Frontier
The sootheing colors and shapes of a clouded night sky witht he moonlight peaking through the trees.