Sadly, Australia has one of the highest rates of mental illness in the world. The statistics paint a bleak picture, but some people are showing that art can be part of the solution?
This article by Jacqueline Howard, writing for ABC-Australia, makes the following points:
- One in four Australians will experience an anxiety disorder during their lifetime, and at least one in 10 will experience depression.
- There are calls for the time engaged with the arts to be prescribable by Australian doctors.
- There is a large body of research into the effect the arts has on the human body and brain.
- An experimental program on ABC TV, called Space 22, follows seven Australians through different creative outlets such as photography, painting and singing to see what benefits art activities can provide people suffering from mental health issues.
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