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Can creativity solve our mental health crisis?
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Jeff Sparr was a 20-year-old star player on the Ohio State University men’s tennis team when his mental health issues first flared up. The anxiety was so intense that it landed Sparr in a psychiatric hospital where he was quickly diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Years later, Sparr was driving home from work one day when a friend called him and mentioned that many people suffering from mental wellness issues find solace in artistic expression, specifically painting. Jeff decided to take a detour home and stock up on paint supplies in search for one last solution that may bring him peace of mind.

The results of painting were so profound that it inspired Jeff to formalize the practice to help others also struggling with mental illness. PeaceLove, a non-profit that fosters mental wellness through art and creativity, was founded. The foundation has been successfully spreading the gospel of expressive arts for 12 years now.

Read the full story here ►►https://www.freethink.com/series/catalysts/creativity-for-mental-health

This video was created in partnership with Stand Together.

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