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Mission: Artreach, Inc. is a nonprofit mental health organization employing the arts, recreation and wellness activities to aid in the recovery and community integration of low-income adults with chronic mental illnesses. Our goals are to: * Through artistic, cultural, recreational and wellness activities, encourage members to acquire and actively implement into their lives socialization and stress reduction skills necessary to build self confidence and increase the chance of sustaining recovery. * Challenge the myths and misconceptions that stigmatize people with mental illnesses so that members can successfully integrate into the community. * Expand the community based recreational opportunities available to people who have persistent mental illnesses to reduce their sense of isolation.

Target demographics: Adults 18 - 98 who have been diagnosed with psychiatric disorders, their families and friends. Through performances, we also reach people nationwide to increase positive perceptions about people who have mental illnesses.

Programs: The Second Step Players, Stand Up For Mental Health CT, Artreach Holistic Wellness Program, Artreach Recreation for Recovery, Artreach Artistic Development

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Art Reach inspired me to become a volunteer for the last 12 years and become a Board Member in the last 3 years. Their program not only teaches writing, comedy, acting, and music lessons. It also presents the truth of mental illness in a theatrical form as well as providing opportunities for members to perform at their " Coffee House". You can listen to life experiences in a comic form, be entertained by song sung by members and enjoy those who have learned to play different instruments. And all this while having a great time. Come check us out.

Judith D.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been seeking help from the mental health field for many years. I have experienced both good and bad assistance. But among the good what is a real stand-out is Artreach. They have a combination of good programs that help to bring my inner loves, my creativity with the excitement, sense of accomplishment, freedom of expression, and inner fulfillment that only the arts can bring with the right people, supportive, nurturing, educated, and talented leaders that guide you along your path. I love Artreach. I have gone from a lonely, depressed, confused state to feeling excited about my life, feeling I can do something worthwhile and contribute to my society. I feel better and have more hope and peace of mind in my life than I ever have before and I attribute that to Artreach and their wonderful programs and staff. Sounds amazing, doesn't it? Well it is. I really can't say enough about how significant they are in my life and I hope they will be around for a long time and keep expanding their programs for me and people like me. They are an unique organization and a true gift to the mentally challenged.

2 MJ G.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

One way to heal a person with MI, or direct them into recovery. Artreach does, in fact, help the recovery process, through the lights of performances and love of attending staff.

Review from JustGive