... we do things that demonstrate how art is a valid and constructive
treatment for mental
& emotional health.
“All kinds of art stimulate the brain. They should be part of a treatment process. The work of many artists is an excellent example for the interweaving of neurology and art.” Demarin et al. 2016.
The BeCause Movement is a not-for-profit initiative that is here to change general perceptions about the role of art in restoring mental health and well-being. Advocating the increased adoption of social prescription as a relevant and valid treatment for depression, trauma, and other mental health issues,
BeCause Movement brings together the expertise of psychologists, therapists, academic researchers, artists and communities from all around the world, to create higher level of awareness and understanding of this valuable utility - art. It achieves this by engaging these communities collectively across four focus areas: Public Murals Community Workshops, Individual Contributions to Art and Mental Health and Research within this field.
This movement was founded by the globally renowned artist and psychotherapist - Noula - who has dedicated her extensive career to the provision of constructive resources for building positive connections between minds and behaviour. Noula’s work is fueled by a deeply held ambition to eliminate the influence of shame on our collective lives and behaviour. She believes that with the support of a trauma informed psychotherapy practice and a better understanding of the effectiveness of art process on our mental health and wellbeing, individuals can move through debilitating emotional distress, to a higher quality of life.
BeCause Movement comes to life through powerful community art work.
We need to move away from a reliance on prescribed pharmaceuticals and shame-based behaviour as treatment for emotional distress on any level. In all my years of working with trauma victims, as well as those experiencing general mental health issues, I have never witnessed mental instability in those engaging in the arts. I have seen them do so with the many ways that they feel shame, but through the process of art I see them find solutions and resolve matters, which then translate into their life. BeCause is about changing the way we work with people who are mentally and emotionally challenged ... Because I see the benefit and so will you".
As an NFP, BeCause is governed by a board of experienced individuals within the field of mental health and the arts. The board now consists of 4 individuals and is expected to grow in size by the end of 2020.
To speak with a representative from BeCause click here.