Families HELPING FAMILIES "Be kind"
Families HELPING FAMILIES "Be kind"
Nicolina’s Wishes Creative Dimensions Program will advocate improving mental health and wellness through creative arts. Participants will explore the use of creativity as a self-care strategy to foster happiness, hope, and healing. Various workshops and classes will be offered to include art journaling, painting, beading, and general crafts for individuals, groups, and families. Full spectrum lighting (to uplift mood), music, and refreshments will enhance the overall environment of the program.
Nicolina's Wishes Art Classes are a fun and creative way to connect with the community! We work with BCRC to offer classes to their clients to teach them new skills, and offer a creative outlet.
(Image description: Art teacher and three students smiling, posed in front of their paintings)
Creating an exciting and fun environment is never a challenge in our classes. The goal is for all of the clients to leave with a smile and a happier outlook on the day. It is certainly achieved!
(Image description: Art teacher and two students smiling, posed in front of a whiteboard)
We currently offer classes such as String Painting, Acrylic Pours, and Slime Making! Art can provide stress relief, relaxation, escape, and most importantly, lots of fun. We hope to provide these things to each and every client, while simultaneously giving them the opportunity to create their own masterpieces!
(Image description: Art teacher posing with a student's painting)
The Kindness Card Toolbox contains materials for any creative skill level. Besides the cards and envelopes there are markers, colored pencils, pre-cut messages, glue sticks, and stickers. When creating your message, don’t worry about your artistic abilities, but rather consider the love, care, and kindness you are putting into your creation! Decorate the front side of the card only and the envelope if you wish. It is okay to sign your first name on your card, but do not include your last name. When you are finished, please make sure to put all caps back on the markers and all materials in their respective bins.
Thank your participating in this effort to foster compassion and connection in the world through a simple act of kindness. Keep in mind that you are creating a card for a youth who is experiencing difficulties with mental health. The young person who receives your card is in treatment at an inpatient facility. Your card is special because it communicates encouragement, compassion, and most importantly that they matter in this world.
Challenge: Every youth admitted to an inpatient psychiatric facility will participate in the Kindness Card Connection Program and know there is kindness in the world, others do care, and they have a Circle of Trust.
Time dedicated for youth to receive a message of caring and connection from others. To raise awareness that there is kindness in the world and encourage youth to recognize the resources within and beyond themselves.
Kindness Card Connection Program is a formatted discussion group facilitated by staff. Two kindness cards in each envelope will be given to participants for this activity.
To engage in guided discussion to explore kindness and connection with others. Specific attention will be given to the Circle of Trust and exploring and identifying who is within that circle. Participates will fill in the circle. In closing, participants will be encouraged to consider to whom they can share the message of kindness and hope with the second card.
Participants are youth currently in inpatient psychiatric facilities who could be inspired by a message of encouragement and kindness.
Program conducted in conducive environment at facility.
Kindness Card Connection Program facilitated once a month or close to discharge date.