PRESTONSBURG – Mountain Comprehensive Care Center has on display at the Mountain Arts Center (MAC) an unique display of artwork that uses various art mediums by clients of the Pikeville Therapeutic Rehabilitation Program (TRP).
TRP is a day treatment program that offers a place for clients to learn life management skills to increase successful navigation in a living, learning, work and social environment. Individuals are encouraged to take on independent roles in their daily lives within the program and the community.
Many individuals participating in TRP are diagnosed with severe mental illness such as Major Depression, Schizophrenia, Psychotic Disorder or Bipolar Disorder. Individuals use art as an expressive therapy, this enables them to deal some of the struggles they face when dealing with their diagnoses. Using art involves person-centered therapies. Each therapy includes self-exploration, recovery, and increasing self-esteem for each person who participates.
According to the American Art Therapy Association, “Several recent studies have shown that credentialed art therapists have enhanced patient coping, improved mood and quality of life and reduced depression.”
Individuals use art as a non-confrontational platform to speak out about their illness and convey the message that they are more than a diagnosis.
“I am in recovery. I am an individual apart from my mental health diagnosis,” said an art therapy participant. “I am more than my mental illness. The mental illness from which I suffer, that has made me human, also gives me insight into what it means to live and not just exist when I travel my personal road of recovery. My message to the world is that there is hope and healing. My artwork displays the example of what it means to recover and live as a normal person with a mental illness.”
Mountain Comprehensive Care and the many artists invite the public to stop by the Mountain Arts Center to view the MCCC Art Exhibit on display now during business hours. A reception will be held on Thursday, February 18 from 4-7 p.m. at the MAC. During the reception, some artists will be on hand to discuss the work.s The public is invited and encouraged to attend.
Andrea Saddler is a reporter for The Floyd County Times. She can be reached at [email protected] and 606-794-0290.