Young people talk about the benefits of art therapy

"The art therapy and creativity has really helped me grow and learn new things about myself... it has helped me make the changes I need to get better."

"It's a good place to express yourself creatively... I like the atmosphere – it's good to relax. You don't have to try too hard to create something. You can experiment."

"It's a non threatening environment. I've got the freedom to do what I want. It's a non-competitive atmosphere and you get support. I suppose it's the common ground that everyone else has a mental illness and there's no judgement."

"I have a strong motivation to use this as a component in restructuring my life. The artistic and creative aspects are crucial."

"It's helpful for me to get out and be creative and to have social interaction. It's as the name suggests – a place to be expressive and creative."