Two weeks ago SOVA was excited and honored to share a little bit of our project during the Health 2.0 event titled “Behavioral Health and Disruptive Technology Innovations” organized by the Jewish Healthcare Foundation and Contemporary Craft. What a great opportunity! We were so lucky to be able to learn about other behavioral health technology innovations and able to meet and learn about a number of different agencies and individuals doing such amazing work in behavioral health right here in Pittsburgh.
This event was held around an exhibition currently on display at Contemporary Craft in the Pittsburgh Strip District called “Mindful: Exploring Mental Health Through Art”. This free (yes, free!) exhibition is a must-see for any local Allegheny county residents. From the website, the project describes this experience:
Mindful: Exploring Mental Health Through Art explores the impact that mental illness is having on society, and the role the arts can play to both encourage positive self-expression and guide effective mental health promotion and treatment. Mindful examines creative responses to mental health conditions through the inclusion of artworks made by artists who have been diagnosed with or affected by mental illness.
This exhibition will be on until March 12, 2016 at Contemporary Craft in the strip district of Pittsburgh (2100 Smallman St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222), and can be seen Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm. But this is worth checking out sooner rather than later!
At SOVA we know stigma and isolation are just some of the barriers those with mental illness face to getting the treatment they deserve, and creativity is one great way to break down and explore these barriers and encourage self-expression. We immediately felt connected with this Mindful Project, as we also have a mission break down barriers of isolation and stigma through peer connections and factual mental health information on our moderated social media websites. We look forward to continuing to learn and grow from other innovative behavioral health innovations as well as creative projects such as Mindful.