Nature & Art as Therapy
Nature & Art as Therapy (NAT) is a free support program offered at various locations throughout Kona and Kaʻū. The program is open to those seeking mental health support, family and friends of those impacted by mental health challenges, social service and mental health professionals, and curious community members.
Through engagement with nature, creativity, and each other, we aim to reduce stress and depression, normalize conversation about mental health, and build community around mental health wellness.
As a pilot program, participants are asked to anonymously share demographics, reasons for attending the group, familiarity with local mental health services, and feedback about each session. By compiling and reviewing this data, Root & Rise can then share with potential partners, funders, and legislation about needs in our community. The ultimate intention is to help build more accessible, integrative, and unique mental health services in our rural, growing, and vibrant community in Kona to Ka’ū.
September & October 2021