ISM Programs

I Still Matter offers various programs that are all focused on mental and emotional wellness.

Supportive Art Groups | Inside Out Art Exhibit | Mental Health Education | Speakers Bureau | Art Workshops

Monthly Community Art Groups are rooted in SAMHSA’s 8-Dimensions of Wellness and provide a strengths-based, peer-supported approach to wellness. Our free community support groups explore issues of stress, anxiety, self-esteem. Groups teach and encourage mindfulness and help initiate healing through self-exploration and awareness through the use of art. Groups are offered to women (13 and above) living with mental illness, individuals struggling with issues of grief and loss along with their support systems. Our strengths-based approach encourages self-exploration through the creative process. At the beginning and end of each session, individuals complete a “Feeling Flower” which allows participants to identify emotions and practice mindfulness and relaxation throughout the art process. Community group helps foster trust and a sense of community. You may view our current group schedule by checking out the Upcoming Events section from our Menu Bar.

Inside Out Multi-Media Art Exhibit Inside Out is Jacksonville’s largest mutli-media art project created to help minimize the stigma surrounding mental illness. Sixty-three individuals in and around Jacksonville have contributed and continue to contribute to the project. Each canvas is 12 x 12 and is a visual representation of each artist’s view of their own diagnosis. Family members who have experienced tragic loss due to their loved ones mental illness have also contributed.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFACPR for mental health, MHFA is an evidence-based adult public education program designed to improve participants’ knowledge and modify their attitudes and perceptions about mental health and related issues, including how to respond to individuals who are experiencing one or more acute mental health crises (i.e., suicidal thoughts and/or behavior, acute stress reaction, panic attacks, and/or acute psychotic behavior) or are in the early stages of one or more chronic mental health problems (i.e., depressive, anxiety, and/or psychotic disorders, which may occur with substance abuse). It is an 8-hour course taught by I Still Matter Executive Director, Carmen. The course is 8 hours long and can be broken down into two 4-hour days.

Who would benefit from MHFA training?

  • Supervisors & Employees
  • Clergy, Church staff and their congregations
  • School staff & support personnel
  • Individuals living with mental illness along with their family members and friends
  • Anyone & everyone

Please email at [email protected] if interested in obtaining MHFA Certification.

I Still Matter Speakers Bureau 

Advocating for mental health through our stories. Contact ISM if interested in bringing a speaker to your school, religious organization, or community.

Multi-Media Art Workshops Our iCreate! art workshops cater to a variety of audiences and because of this, have a flexible curriculum. They are developed to encourage self-reflection, visual self-expression and model what it’s like to be in the “present moment”, thus decreasing harmful effects of stress and anxiety. iCreate! can help increase focus. Participants connect with their inner artist by the use of various mediums and are coached through the process, thus building creative confidence and pride in their completed works of art. Our art workshops encourage members to find their voice through artful expression.

Who would benefit from a iCreate! workshop?

  • Employers
  • Churches
  • Organizational Boards
  • Veterans
  • Community groups

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