Healing Hearts, Healing Minds contributing artist Rebecca Heilers with North Coast Area Health Service director of psychiatry A
Healing Hearts, Healing Minds contributing artist Rebecca Heilers with North Coast Area Health Service director of psychiatry A

Art?s healing qualities explored

By EMMA CORNFORD

VISITORS to the Grafton Regional Art Gallery had their last chance to see the Healing Hearts, Healing Minds exhibition yesterday as it drew to a close for Mental Health Week.

Artists, their friends, families and mental health workers were at the gallery yesterday to have morning tea and listen to the guest speakers, exhibition artist Rebecca Heilers and North Coast Area Health Service director of psychiatry Angelo Virgona.

"Doing art helps you sort of go into another little world," said Ms Heilers, who contributed 13 pastel works to the exhibition.

"It's your happy place and helps get your emotions out."

Mr Virgona praised the Healing Hearts, Healing Minds exhibition, saying it was a great initiative.

"The overall quality of art is terrific," he said.

"The way art can be used as a therapeutic tool is probably under-recognised."

Mr Virgona said the Mental Health Service was moving towards a focus on families.

"They're really partners in what we do and if we don't focus on families then I think we let them down."



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