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The journey of an Art Therapist, on show.

July 14, 2023

Momentum Mental Health is a community mental health and wellbeing organisation that provides one-to-one and group coaching support to people who want to work on their mental health and wellbeing.

For 25 years the organisation focused on delivering services for people with severe and persistent mental illness. In 2021, the organisation changed name and adjusted the core vision to working with whole community mental wellbeing and mental health. This new focus came as a response to identified local needs and strives to flip the way that we respond to mental health and suicide in our region. One major component of this change is that people no longer need a diagnosis, or referral to access the services available in the organisation. This is something that sets Momentum apart from others in the sector.

“People come along for a myriad of reasons,” Chris Black, Chairman of the Board said. “This could be anything from struggling to find purpose day to day or wanting to build stamina to get back in the work force, and our unique offering of wellbeing activities partnered with the 5 Ways to Wellbeing program underpins our practice.”

One such unique offering at Momentum is the popular Art Therapy program, run by ANZACATA registered Art Therapist Sarah Hazelhurst.
Art Therapy is an evidence-based treatment approach that integrates psychotherapeutic techniques with the creative process to improve wellbeing. Upwards of 120 people have been attending and creating works in their sessions at Momentum over the last three years.

“It’s our most attended program each week by far.” said Mr. Black. “People are interested in the unique combination of participating in creative arts to increase wellbeing, and so, an exhibition showcasing the works completed on Sarah’s long journey to becoming a registered Art Therapist is of huge interest and value to our members and the wider community.”

The insightful and intimate pieces on display at Toowoomba’s The Write Gallery, not only share Sarah’s personal journey, but they also demonstrate the knowledge, skill and commitment required to become a qualified Art Therapist.

“We are so proud to offer this program at Momentum, and encourage the community to attend this captivating exhibition, which we hope will inspire and educate people.” He said.

The exhibition is open from Saturday 15th of July to Sunday 23rd July, 10am-3pm daily.
Entry is free.

Momentum will be hosting free Art Therapy sessions, and a Journalling and Storytelling session for interested participants. Please email if you would like to attend.
Journalling and Storytelling 10am-12pm, Tuesday 18 July
Art Therapy 1pm-3pm Tuesday 18 July
Art Therapy 10am-12pm Thursday 20 July

For more information about the exhibition or Momentum programs, please contact Wendy Green