Help us kick our fundraising goals into high gear on Sunday October 20, 2013 by walking, jogging, or running a 5K, half marathon or full marathon in support of the Creative Works Studio. If you can't make it out, you can sponsor somebody who is participating!
Our goal is to raise $15,000 to help the members of the studio exercise their creative muscles, ensuring the existence of art in community mental health!
Creative Works Studio is an arts-based occupational therapy program, which promotes healing and recovery for people suffering from serious mental illness. The studio is a part of St. Michael's Hospital's Inner City Health program and operates in partnership with the Good Shepherd Centres.
At the Creative Works Studio our key goal is to help increase our members' desire to participate in life again. Members express themselves in creative ways to raise their self-esteem, become part of a creative community, and say yes to life again! A research study conducted in 2008 at Creative Works Studio has shown the positive impact the studio has on members, including an improved sense of well-being, increased participation in other occupations, and renewed hope for the future.
Our members, who rely on the Creative Works Studio, are the ones who can best express what the studio means to them.
“I have suffered with severe mental illness since my teen years. I am now in my 50s... On my worst days, when I can barely get out of bed and everything seems to be too much I get on the subway and streetcar and go to 793 Gerrard Street. There, I am among friends, among people who have felt embarrassment and shame at having an illness we didn't ask for... I believe that programs like the Creative Arts Studio are what make St. Mike's a great hospital. St. Mike's cares for and elevates the poor and despairing sufferers of mental illness and pushes them to new heights through art and creation. Thank you for helping me when I needed it the most.”
If you can't make it out, you can still participate by encouraging and supporting others to walk, run, or jog a 5K, half marathon, or full marathon.
For more information, please contact Sarah Vincett, volunteer coordinator, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We appreciate your support!