Tuesday Jan 31, 2023

Where No Words Exist: The Healing Power of the Arts

“Art can permeate the very deepest part of us, where no words exist.”  ~Eileen Miller

Between 2016 and 2020, the number of children ages 3-17 years diagnosed with anxiety grew by 29% and those with depression by 27%, according to a recent study in JAMA Pediatrics.  

Children are struggling with mental health issues now more than ever, and you might be surprised to hear one of the resources that can be used to support them… the arts.

In this episode, we share the inspiring work of the non-profit organization Positively Arts, in Las Vegas. With the help of volunteer performers from Broadway, America’s Got Talent, The Voice, etc., Positively Arts works to empower young people who are facing various challenges with the confidence and skills they need to be successful in life. Guest Ella Syamala, an 8th grader who participated in the Positively Arts for several years, shares her perspective and experiences through audio clips. 

We then turn our focus to art therapy, hearing fascinating insights and first-hand experiences from McKenzie Rich, a licensed art therapist who has used the approach to support children in various settings, from a psychiatric hospital, to schools, to private practice.

#MentalHealth #ArtTherapy #PositivelyArts #LasVegas #Healing "

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