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Posted On: 11th Mar 2014

Art As Therapy

Fixer Katie with one of her posters
Katie Sowden
An image from one of the Fixers posters

A Fixer from Paignton in Devon is drawing attention to the benefits of art for young people with mental health conditions.


Twenty-two-year-old Katie Sowden wants to encourage those with the illnesses to express themselves creatively.


Concerned that there aren’t enough artistic outlets available for young people experiencing mental health issues, she hopes her campaign will also prompt organisations to invest in creative schemes.


‘I’ve done voluntary work with young people with mental health conditions,’ explains Katie, whose project is supported by Sanctuary Housing.


‘I worked alongside one girl who developed in confidence through being creative.


‘She came out of her shell and really benefited from art.


‘Having a creative outlet is an important way of expressing yourself.’  


With the help of Fixers, Katie has created a series of posters, each showing a photograph of a Torbay landmark.


Young people with mental health conditions were given the photos and asked to sketch an image on top of them. You can see the results below.


Motivational messages appear alongside the images, urging young people to consider art as a therapeutic release.


‘I love the posters – they’re simple but show thinking outside the box,’ adds Katie.


‘You look at them and think they’re cool – then you examine them more closely and it starts to make sense.’


Katie plans to put up her posters in youth centres in Torbay and has provided supporters Sanctuary Housing with copies to display.


‘I hope they’ll get people in the area to be more creative,’ says Katie.


‘I want them to show organisations how much of a help a creative outlet can be to young people living with mental health problems.’


This Fixers project was supported by Sanctuary Housing.

Click on the images below to enlarge the posters.











Author: Emily Tolloczko


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