Highlighting the transformative power of art in the journey to recovery

Artwork by seven clients from Bridges Healthcare’s Young Adult Services Program (YAS) and the Open Door Wellness Club (ODWC) were selected for inclusion in the “Expression & Recovery” book. This book, created by the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) and Yale Program for Recovery and Community Health (PRCH), features art by individuals in recovery.

In addition to being featured in the book, some of this artwork is now proudly displayed at the DMHAS Office of the Commissioner in Hartford. This permanent display will continue to inspire the important work done by DMHAS. In May, our clients attended the Art Opening and Reception, where they saw their art displayed on the walls of the commissioner’s office.

This experience underscores the healing power of creativity and its role in promoting better mental health. The behavioral health community has long recognized that the creative process is a powerful pathway to healing. Art allows individuals to express themselves in ways that words cannot, providing a unique and immersive experience that resonates deeply with both the creator and the viewer. Bridges Healthcare celebrates these artistic achievements and the inspiring stories behind each piece.