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We at Lido Wellness Center are dedicated to providing integrative, holistic and comprehensive care. we seek to understand and honor the unique composition of each person; focusing on their mental, physical, relational and spiritual wellness. our programs are designed for adult individuals, 18 years or older, with a primary mental health diagnosis.
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Art and Craft benefits for Young Adults
In a world where mental health and well-being is becoming increasingly important, it is the perfect time for you to join one of Lifebridge Australia’s art and craft programs.

What are the benefits to me, you might ask?

Firstly, it is good for your brain. Did you know that any type of art and craft activity helps to clear your mind and allows you to focus on the present moment? When we are being creative, our minds release feel-good chemicals, which are natural anti-depressants.

Secondly, it improves your self-esteem. The art of making something yourself, using your hands and your imagination is incredibly satisfying and the more you practice, the more confident you become.

Thirdly, creativity is fun. Whether you are painting, knitting, sewing, making dolls, cross stitching, wood working, restoring furniture, upcycling, recycling, making jewellery, it is all about having fun and enjoying the creative process with like-minded people. Building relationships and connecting with others is known to boost positive emotions.

Lifebridge have a diverse range of art and craft programs available:

• Creative Craft – Decoupage, cross stitching, doll making, water colours, folk art and more.
• Tinker Shed – wood working, restoring furniture, upcyling and recycling, paid restoration work.
• Visual Arts – painting, sculpture, mixed media and more.
• Textiles – wood working, bike repairing, tie dying and more.

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The Benefit of Arts and Crafts for Mental Health

Hobbies are important. They’re entertaining, fulfilling, and, for the most part, keep us out of trouble. The largest subset of hobbies is most certainly arts and crafts, an umbrella term that covers everything from scrapbooking, jewelry making, and crocheting to painting, sculpting, and model building. These hobbies are more than just rewarding ways to spend our free time, however; they are, in fact, wonderful ways to support better and more robust mental health. Here’s how this process works, why it does what it does, and how you can help improve your own mental health through the simple act of taking up arts and crafts as a hobby.

How arts and crafts affect our mental being
Practicing a hobby like arts and crafts does more for us than developing a practical skill, though that alone is a rather impressive feat. The truth is that participating in any type of artistic endeavor, or sometimes even just observing art, can have a positive effect on our mental wellbeing. In fact, art therapy is already used as one of many therapeutic tools for treating certain types of mental illness, such as depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress (Cohen, 2020). That’s not all, however. Harvard Medical School revealed that there are links between cognitive ability and practicing artistic hobbies as well, painting a clearer picture that arts and crafts can actually hone our cognitive abilities as well (Harvard Health Publishing, 2017). There’s even evidence that artistic hobbies even increase blood flow to the brain, oxygenating it and supporting neurological health (Phillips, 2019).

Who Uses Arts and Crafts Therapy and How Does it Help People?
Arts and crafts therapy, often just referred to as art therapy as shorthand, is as an approach to mental health that uses the processes surrounding the creation of art to improve physical, emotional, and mental wellness. These processes are rooted in the theory that healing and mental well-being can be fostered by creative expression (Stuckey & Nobel, 2010, p. 261). While many therapists and rehabilitation specialists will or won’t use art therapy as one of their treatment tools while working with their patients, the truth is that art therapy can be used by anyone with few limitations on age. This makes it a highly accessible form of self-directed therapy for those who can’t or won’t be seen in a professional setting, though working with a specialist can increase the benefits of art therapy significantly.

When overseen by a specialist, art therapy’s blend of psychotherapy and art-making offers a number of strong therapeutic benefits, according to the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences at George Washington University in Washington, DC; these benefits include enhancing self-awareness, fostering relationships and building stronger communities (Columbia College of Arts & Sciences, n.d.). Other proponents of art therapy, such as the Rogel Cancer Center at Michigan Medical, agree, stating that art therapy can reduce emotional distress, elevate mood and foster self-esteem, develop coping skills, improve relaxation, enhance communication, and improve overall quality of life (Rogel Cancer Center, 2020).

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The resulting injuries from self-harm can range from mild to major, but even “mild” cases of self-harm can result in infections or further damage to the person later on. Self-harm is not the same thing as a suicide attempt, but as a suicide attempt, it can be symptoms of a deeper issue, such as severe anxiety or depression. Self-Harm can present in people of all ages, but it tends to begin during the teenage years, or in young adulthood. If you or someone you care about are self-harming, there are resources to help, and relief can be had.
How Do People Self-Harm?
There are many methods people use to self-harm themselves. Some of those methods are:

Cutting themselves with knives or other sharp objects
Punching walls and other hard surfaces, or punching themselves
Burning themselves with matches, cigarettes, or a hot stovetop
Pulling out their hair
Poking objects into body openings


People who self-harm are feeling emotional pain that they don’t have the tools or experience to deal with. Self-harm is a way of soothing those feelings. The sensation of physical pain can actually be a relief or distraction from emotions that are too overwhelming or difficult to face. Some people who self-harm report feeling numb or empty inside, and inflicting physical pain on themselves is a way to at least feel something.
Table of Contents
How Do People Self-Harm?
Signs and Symptoms of Self-Harm
Signs and Symptoms of Self-Harm
Self-Harm and Mental Disorders
Self-Harm and Suicide
How to Stop Self-Harming
Treatment for Self-Harming
References

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Are you concerned that a friend or family member may be cutting or engaging in self-harm? Or have you done so? Understanding the signs and causes of self-harm can help you step in and take action.
When you’re able to make an informed assessment, you can find the right treatment. It’s critical to stop self-harm before it escalates to a severe level. Keep reading to learn about the signs, causes, and treatments associated with self-harm.

Table of Contents
What Is Self-Harm?
Reasons For Self-Harm
Risk Factors
Signs of Self-Harm
Other Implications That Something Is Wrong
Dangers of Self-Harm
Related Mental Health Problems
Finding Healthier Alternatives
Treatment Processes
Understanding How to Approach Self-Harm


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