As we come to the end of May, Mental Health Awareness month, it’s only fitting to mention that participants from our PROS program hosted an art show. PROS, one of our longest-running programs for individuals with mental health issues, has used creative therapy to help participants in their recovery.

In the last decade, the program provided drama therapy. Each semester, program participants who chose to, would participate in the production of a play, either on stage or behind the scenes. Today, Goodwill offers daily arts therapy groups. Participants create art either independently or in arts groups using supplies provided at PROS.

The focus of the groups vary from managing anger to anxiety through art. Goodwill’s Art Therapist Arielle Taitz may give directives to the participants for each group. She may ask them to understand the different levels of their anxiety and to recognize their thoughts, emotions and behaviors during each of these levels. Participants may choose to discuss all this with the group and then create art reflecting on their anxiety. They portray these elements through color, design, or words. Members then voluntarily share their produced art with the group.

Check out the art pieces created by PROS program participants

Personalized Recovery Oriented Services (PROS Rebound) is a comprehensive recovery oriented program for individuals 18 years or older with severe and persistent mental illness. PROS is located at Goodwill’s Astoria headquarters. The goal of the program is to integrate treatment, support, and rehabilitation in a manner that facilitates the individual’s recovery.

For more information, call (718) 728-3249 or (718) 777-6377.

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