Mental health problems effect about everyone in young age. Theses problems include depression, anxiety and conduct disorder. These are often a direct response to what is happening in their lives.The emotional wellbeing is just as important as their physical health. Considering its importance Dr Naela Rashidi, Director IILM Gomti Nagar Lucknow invited NurturLife to organise art therapy workshop with their students at the institute.
Art therapy workshop Rang De_Echo of Silence was conducted by Bushra Masood, a certified Art therapist. The basic aim was to educate and give students an idea of using art as a means of self-expression and creativity when words and emotions have no other outlet. Therefore the session focused primarily on enhancing the mental health of students using art as a therapeutic tool. It was an interesting interactive session with the PGDBM students who benefitted largely from this new technique of improving focus, unleashing creativity and enhancing emotional and mental wellness through art therapy activities. The presentation helped them to further enhance their understanding of the subject.
Neither previous artistic experience nor natural artistic ability is necessary for successful application of this therapy. The students largely benefitted from the same as most of them were able to comprehend and follow thereby creating beautiful” Mandalas “and unfolding their inner and outer thought process. Students enjoyed the positive visualisation technique of their goals and aims in life. Thereby achieving clarity of thought and also releasing their hidden feelings via simple artistic excercises.
Session also included two interactive activities. First was to draw Geometrical Mandalas and other one to express posstive affirmation via art form. It is believed that geometric mandala design are giving a deeper spiritual symbolism for observing the mechanisms of nature, along with the inner and external structures of the human body. Thereby, these complex designs allow thinkers to form a deep connection with man, nature and spirit. Students enjoyed both the art excercises and realised that they could express themselves through simple artistic techniques without any hesitation. There was a considerable amount of emotional load shedding from their mundane study cycle.They were able to further elaborate their excercises by giving reasons for the pictorial depictions. Workshop was conducted by Sameeka Shahban.Key note address was given by Farah Sarosh, founder NurtureLife.