Start2 – Change Your Life With Art

Looking to relax?
Want to challenge yourself to be creative?
Feeling in need of a little support and help with low mood, anxiety or other health issues?
Hoping to support someone you know through creative activity?
If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then check out Start2.

What is Start2?
Start2 is an exciting online resource that uses art and creative activities to boost health. It’s full of ideas that anyone and everyone can enjoy regardless of experience of doing creative activity. Absorbing, interesting, fun, with fantastic interactive features, it offers over 70 activities. Try your hand at animation, creative writing, textiles, drawing, collage and photography, explore our virtual galleries and museums, experience our creative self-help activities including mindfulness. Start2 guides a user with expert tips and advice and our online mentor can even recommend the best exercises to suit users and their wellbeing goals!

Is it safe?
Register with Start2 and you’ll get your own secure private space (‘ownzone’) to store images, animations, goals, reflective diaries and more. Share your work online in our communal galleries. Your account is private and anonymous.

Where can I use Start2?
Activities can be printed off so that you can do them away from the computer. If you don’t have a computer at home then you can use your local library or internet café. Just remember to log off.

Who made Start2?
Start2 has been created by the team at Start, a multi award winning arts-based mental health NHS service. The Start method aids recovery and wellbeing through arts and gardening with a unique emphasis on creativity. Start is part of Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust.

Join us: www.facebook.com/start2art
Follow us: @start_2


By Guest Blogger Tamzin Forster, Project Manager at Start2 





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