Our Vision, Mission, and Values

Everything we do at Arty-Folks is driven by our Vision, Mission and Values.

The World Health Organisations’ describes good mental health as being “A state of well-being in which the person realizes and uses his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to contribute to his or her community”.

Vision

We are working towards a world where people are able to have everyday conversations about experiences that affect our mental wellbeing without prejudice and discrimination.  In-spite all the media coverage we still have a long way to go to achieve this in society.  Much has been said about the need to talk about mental well-being but we usually mean someone else’s. We still find it difficult to talk about our own and so the stigma that surrounds mental ill health continues to persist around the world.

Mission

Through the visual arts we want to inspire people to maintain a healthy mental balance and to be able to withstand the impact of life’s challenges.  The visual arts are not just a vehicle for self-expression; they offer a means for honest self-reflection that transfers to increased self-acceptance and restores a sense of ‘norm’.  The creative process brings people together to share life experiences and empowers them to reclaim a sense of self and control over their lives and futures.

Values

Equality and Diversity

Equality and diversity are not an option but a fundamental human right.  People affected by mental ill health have the right to a life free from stigma and discrimination.  We are committed to raising awareness and understanding of mental health issues and will not rest until everyone is valued and accepted as equal members of society.

Recovery Journey

Recovery is a journey as much as a destination and it is not the same as cure.  Arty-Folks believes that people can develop new meaning and purpose in their life so that symptoms and problems recede into the background.   Arty-Folks holds an unwavering optimistic outlook on mental health recovery and we are confident that, while experiences can’t be undone, people can achieve a personally acceptable quality of life.

Acceptance

We embrace and promote Carl Rogers’ person-centred approach that creates relationships based on genuine acceptance and empathic understanding.  We respect and value the uniqueness of the individual, and we create an environment that promotes personal worth, social confidence, respect, truthfulness, independence, engagement and hope.  Arty-Folks offers a non-judgemental environment in which people develop their potential and the ability to make decisions that are right for them.

 “Arty-Folks helps clear the clutter from your mind and gain some perspective on what really matters. Seeing your deepest thoughts and feelings express in pieces of art is an extremely cathartic and therapeutic experience.”