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CARE Hawaii, Inc.'s 'Self Discovery Through Art' Program Empowers
Creative Expression and Healing



Exhibits on public display during month of May for Mental Health
Awareness Month



CARE Hawaii, Inc. in collaboration
with the Wailoa Arts and Cultural Center is proud to present a public
exhibit featuring client artwork as a part of the Self Discovery Through
Art program. An innovative structured psycho-educational studio art
program, participants affected by mental illness are taught the language
of art and encouraged to explore creative range in a safe avenue, which
promotes healing and recovery. The exhibit will run throughout the month
of May, in honor of Mental Health Awareness month. The exhibit features
more than 68 pieces total, all of which are available for purchase.



Facilitators, N.J. Moses, a former public school visual art
educator with 37 years of teaching experience, and Nidhi Chabora, an
advanced practice nurse with CARE Hawaii, Inc., are excited to share
Self Discovery Through Art with the community. "We are extremely proud
to offer an avenue of healing and recovery for clients affected by
conditions including schizophrenia, bi-polar disorder, major depression,
obsessive compulsive disorder and post traumatic distress, to name a
few," says Chabora. She continues, "The artwork here is a testament to
our client's resilience and sense of self-worth that emerged when their
imaginations were freed up to play."



Chabora received the American Psychiatric Nurses
Association's 2012 Individual Innovation Award for creating this
exciting new program. The program not only utilizes Cognitive Behavior
Therapy techniques to highlight cognitive distortions, but also produces
artwork that illustrates and transforms these distortions closer to
reality. Through the creative process, participants experience a
therapeutic awakening and self-awareness of feelings. The exhibit boasts
both realist and figurative artwork including sculptures, oil paintings,
hand drawn sketches, and abstract constructions.



Cathleen Flack, artist and Self Discovery Through Art
participant shared: "The program has helped because I tend to isolate
myself. It has done wonders for my morale; I would tend to get
depressed and needed to get out more." She continues, "Nidhi helps us
get through fallacious thinking and get over our negative feelings. I
plan to keep developing my art and would like to continue with art
classes." Louise Ferguson, another participant, noted, "I love the class
and it helps me with my inner self. I feel wonderful after and don't
want to leave. It helps bring our emotions out. We go in there sad and
leave happy. It really helps to relieve stress too."



The art exhibit is free and will be available for public
viewing up till May 30, 2013, at the Wailoa Art and Cultural Center
located at 200 Piopio Street in Hilo, Hawaii. The gallery is open
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9am - 4:30pm and on Wednesdays
from noon - 4:30pm. For more information, call 808-933-0416 or email

wailoa@yahoo.com .



CARE Hawaii, Inc. was founded in 1999 to provide outpatient
mental health services to Hawaii's children, adolescents and adults
through a network of mental health professionals committed to best
practices in service delivery. CARE Hawaii, Inc. services individuals
with serious mental illness, developmental delays, and substance related
issues. With available services throughout the State of Hawaii, CARE
Hawaii Inc.'s mission is to provide a comprehensive array of behavioral
health services to promote the physical, emotional, social, spiritual,
recreational, and educational development of all identified consumers
and their families/significant others. For more information, please
visit
www.carehawaii.com .