The use of art to assist sufferers of mental illness has been put to the test at Wagga's Sunflower House, with a beautiful end result.
Sheree Ridley facilitates art classes at the community hub every Friday morning, and their latest project was a collaborative bill-board sized painting titled 'Journey'
"The group have so much fun, this piece was a collaborative work, so working together on this really helped people make connections, boost social work as a team and build trust with a shared goal," she said.
"We would have had about eight people work on it."
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According to the artist, there are many benefits for mental health through creative outlets.
"One of the health benefits of art is communication. It allows people to compose a narrative of their experiences, emotions and thoughts that can be hard to explain using words," she said.
"Giving expression to experiences empowers, validates and helps people to process those things, and it also gives honour to those things in life."
Journey will be the feature of the new Sunflower House community garden.