When it comes to art, there’s no secret that it certainly has its share of misconceptions. Some people feel that in order to consider yourself a real artist, you have to create something such as a sculpture or painting, while others believe that you either are or are not born with talent. However, every one of us is born with the desire and ability to express ourselves, and art is a wonderful way to achieve this, especially in terms of our mental health. We are facing substantial public health challenges in Canada. Mental health issues account for more than 20 percent of these challenges, more than cancer and cardiovascular disease.
Prevention and early intervention are the keys to success and investment in a healthy future. By infusing community development with creativity and collaboration stimulates the potential for unique mental health benefits that warrant continued investment and exploration. When we talk about improving mental health through arts, we often speak in terms of increasing protective factors and reducing risk factors.

Creating Art Increasing:

 Protective Factors

  • Good self-esteem
  • Sense of belonging
  • Opportunities for success
  • A positive environment (home, work, school, community)
  • Participation in the community
  • Stigma reduction
  • Mindfulness
  • More energy

Reducing Risk Factors

  • Poor self-esteem
  • Lack of support
  • Social isolation

Arts for Mental Health at Workplace

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Here, at New Step 4 U, we have developed a Team Mental Health Support program designed to encourage people to get creative and improve their wellbeing, without leaving work. Incorporating arts into your workplace can have huge benefits to your whole team and the business as a whole. Including; attracting and retaining the best staff, creating a sense of pride and belonging, a sense of individuality, increased productivity and creativity within teams and providing a public demonstration of your support of the local cultural community.


Creative Arts in School

Expressive art in school

Through unique methods, classical art activities and innovative art tools such as 3D printing pens, Virtual Reality, Digital Art, etc. our goal is not to make a class full of artists, It’s to use art as a tool to empower learners and to create a better community as a whole. When young people explore different art forms, they learn, discover their creativity, and build confidence to try something new.