Wellways brings art to Mental Health Week

Artists of all persuasions are being invited to express themselves this week in support of a nation-wide campaign.

Coinciding with Mental Health Week, Wellways Warrnambool are showcasing their creative space on October 12 and are encouraging groups and individuals to submit their entries and join the occasion.

Meeting place: Wellways Warrnambool art exhibition organisers Julie McVey, Dean Lancaster and Sylvie Mikhail are encouraging artists to use their creativeness in maintaining mental health and well-being. Photo: Anthony Brady.

Meeting place: Wellways Warrnambool art exhibition organisers Julie McVey, Dean Lancaster and Sylvie Mikhail are encouraging artists to use their creativeness in maintaining mental health and well-being. Photo: Anthony Brady.

Entitled My Expressive Mind, the exhibition will be held at the organisation’s Raglan Parade address between 1pm and 6pm.

Wellways program support worker Sylvia Mikhail said the event was also a chance to promote the group’s regular creative sessions.

“Art and craft helps support your mental health,” she said. “If you participate or use it as a social get together, it gives you a moment to just breathe.”

Warrnambool Indigenous artist Dean Lancaster said art played a vital part in his mental health recovery.

“I find art a good way to express myself,” he said. “It has helped me get through the tough times.”