ARTUS values autonomy and understanding; an important part for any individual to feel safe and free to make the choices they consider best for themselves. We consider individual autonomy inviolable.
We understand that every personal experience is unique and no struggle is comparable to another, as is suffering in general which can not be judged by any preset standard.
We aim to combat the stigma associated with mental illness and the idea that there is something fundamentally wrong in suffering from them. Some of our best artists are examples of how individuals suffering from these difficulties can not only function, but thrive through the utilization of those struggles in the expression of ideas. Expression is therapeutic and ARTUS is devoted to strengthening the communicative abilities of its members by providing better conditions in which they can practice their craft.
ARTUS supports multiple mental health organizations and the rights of the individual to choose their own course of treatment.
We have set up a Facebook group for philosophical pessimists. Finding support and comfort in a community is very difficult for this who have a worldview wherein optimistic messages of self-overcoming cannot and do not resonate. The Mental Health Group for Pessimists is a place where people can discuss their own struggles and health with those who have similar values and means, in a safe space, free from unwanted positive affirmations and judgments regarding the progress of each individual's self-care.
If you are hoping to learn more about mental illness there are plenty of resources online. A simple google search brings up many free texts that you can work through such as C.B.T. or D.B.T. workbooks. There are also free courses available through the CAMH website. Udemy also has some helpful courses such as Introduction to CBT, C.B.T. for Depression, Anxiety, Phobias and Panic Attacks, or you can take part in the practitioner course. Udemy often has sales on their courses where you can purchase them for around $12 and have lifetime access to the materials.
We also accept donations from those who would like to help us in our creative efforts and in furthering our mental health efforts. Email us for details at email@example.com.
You can also become a patron through our Patreon account and contribute $1 a month to help us with our mental health awareness goals.
Organizations and Charities
The Canadian Mental Health Association
This Canadian organization does many great things for people living with mental illness. On their website you can find lots of information regarding different therapies people can access and the different disorders and illnesses as well as clinical studies, crisis resources and explanations of your rights. They even have online courses to better understand mental health and addiction.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness
An American organization that also has a lot of information available. They even have a blog discussing mental health and another blog where you can ask mental health experts questions.
Mental Health First Aid Canada
Their website is filled with mental health related courses that are being held around Canada.
Mental Health Innovation Network
A community of mental health innovators (researchers, practitioners, policy-makers, service user advocates, and donors from around the world) sharing innovative resources and ideas to promote mental health and improve the lives of people with mental, neurological, and substance abuse disorders.
Based in the UK this mental health organization helps individuals seek counseling and gain access to the programs they need. On their website you can also find information on your rights, different treatments, and help coping with traumatic events.
Movement for Global Mental Health
A virtual network of individuals and organizations that aim to improve services for people living with mental health problems and psychosocial disabilities worldwide, especially in low or middle income countries where these resources are especially scarce.
World Federation for Mental Health
The mission of the World Federation for Mental Health is to promote the advancement of mental health awareness, prevention of mental disorders, advocacy, and best practice recovery focused interventions worldwide.