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DRAWING, painting, ceramics and digital imaging skills are adding a new dimension this year to the skill set of people dealing with mental health issues.

Coffs Harbour Employment Support Services (CHESS) and TAFE have joined forces to offer the new art course, which will see students learning the basics of these four different skills and gaining a Certificate of Attainment at the end of the first semester.

These units will articulate into a Certificate 1 in Visual Arts proposed for Semester 2.

Head teacher of Arts and Media at Coffs Harbour TAFE, Phil Greed, said taking part in the course was about increasing confidence and social interaction as well as learning new skills and creating a product and could also develop reliability, commitment and teamwork.

The art course, funded by both TAFE and CHESS, is providing a natural progression for CHESS clients already enjoying the CHESS art group conducted by artist Rachael Comisari. Members of this art group have held a number of exhibitions of their work.

The employment support service helps clients to prepare for and maintain employment and promotes recovery-focused rehabilitation aimed at helping clients regain their independence as they deal with issues arising from depression, anxiety or other mental health problems.



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