Arts in Recovery for Youth is an arts and skills-based peer support program for youth ages 13-24 who struggle with suicidal thoughts or behaviors or who have survived a suicide attempt. We use art-making, learn interpersonal and DBT skills, and build a peer community to strengthen support and a sense of belonging. Our facilitators are Masters level art therapists and/or counselors with lived experience in recovery. Groups of up to 8 youth meet in non-clinical settings including arts studios and teen centers. At the culmination of our 12 week program, we host a community art show and graduation ceremony for friends, family and support professionals. We continue to collaborate with parents, professionals, artists and youth to stop the public health crisis of youth suicide.
Since our inception in June of 2017, we have expanded throughout Berkshire County and now offer groups in Southern, Central and Northern Berkshires. Enrollment is ongoing and requires a 12 week commitment to the program and regular engagement with a primary therapist outside of group. There is no cost to attend this program as funding is provided by Berkshire Coalition for Suicide Prevention, The Dept of Public Health, Northern Berkshire United Way and the Cultural Council of Northern Berkshires.Current groups are held as follows:
with Cate Wolff at Roots Teen Center, 43 Eagle St, North Adams
Step Up Group with Marney Schorr at NUarts Gallery & Studios
with Cate Wolff at Bushnell-Sage Library, 48 Main St, Sheffield
with Marney Schorr at NUarts Gallery & Studios, 21 Union St, Pittsfield
As we continue to grow and expand, we look forward to collaborative partnerships in the community and throughout the State of Massachusetts. To make a contribution to the program or for more info, please contact Program Director, Marney Schorr at [email protected]
or at (631) 697-8291.
You may also make a donation to our program at: https://www.gofundme.com/arts-in-recovery