The Queensland Mental Health Commission have released Shifting minds: Queensland Mental Health Alcohol and Other Drugs Strategic Plan 2018-2023. The strategic plan has been developed following extensive consultation of a diverse range of Queenslanders from different backgrounds and experiences in 2017. People with lived experience represented around 38 per cent of the people who attended the various community consultation forums.
As part of the publishing of the strategic plan, the commission was seeking to incorporate a distinctive piece of artwork or design to be applied across all printed and digital materials related to the strategic plan. The commission chose to partner with Aftercare’s Art Therapy Group which is led by art therapist Sam Jemison.
Our Art Therapy Group came together and, encouraged to express through art, create a group work that represented how they saw their best possible life and the support/resources they felt they needed to get there. They chose the metaphor of a clock to illustrate this, with each participant contributing two hands to our group clock.
‘Time, like life, does not stop and for this reason each hour of one’s life is valuable. We can’t let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in our way. We need to take control, empower ourselves, and determine our own future’ Sam Jamison said.
Our participants are hopeful that the NDIS will provide them with support tailored to their individual needs, giving them the opportunity to create the life they want.
Each of our hands are unique, just like their creators. Our individuality is what makes whatever we do special – it’s time to let it shine!
Read below what each participants work represents, their thoughts and ideas