Crafting A Community

The role of Art in mental health | In partnership with Ministry of Art.

Whether we are mindlessly scrolling, checking emails, or watching Saints highlights, we’re living in a time of increased phone usage. The average Australian adult spends 10hrs and 24 minutes daily engaging with digital technology, including screens (Source: The Australian Digital Health Agency (ADHA), 2020 Australian Digital Inclusion Index Survey). Higher levels of smartphone use can be associated with lower overall life satisfaction, increased social isolation, and depressive and anxiety symptoms. Engaging in creative activities can allow us to disconnect and be present.

Creativity has a way of bringing us back into the present moment. When we engage in art, music, writing, or performance, our minds are immersed in the present moment – the brush strokes, body movements, or words act as a vehicle that drives us away from our worries. It offers an outlet for self-expression, allowing individuals to communicate and explore their thoughts, feelings, and experiences imaginatively – and encourages a sense of accomplishment, enhancing self-esteem and a positive sense of identity.

At the DFC, we are passionate about coaching individuals about the various resources that can help strengthen their mental fitness. Creativity and Art are one method, so we are excited to partner with the Ministry of Art to help encourage and connect individuals to the present moment and strengthen their mental well-being.


“Art is our one true global language. It knows no nation, favours no race, and acknowledges no class. It speaks to our need to reveal, heal, and transform. It transcends our ordinary lives and lets us imagine what is possible.” – Chris Seater, Director Of Ministry of Art.


Art provides a means to externalize and communicate our thoughts and feelings, especially those that may be difficult to put into words or discuss openly. It’s also a fantastic way to connect with diverse cultures, perspectives, and the lived experiences of others – bringing people together and sparking conversations and interaction. Language barriers and cultural differences are erased, and a universal language is created that resonates with our shared everyday experiences.

Our community art activation in partnership with the Ministry of Art encourages our members to create, explore, experience, and engage in the freedom of Art. We are making Art for people, by people with common community values. The activation will be live in our DFC Aquatics centre throughout June.

– Bree Van Ryswyk | St Kilda Football Club AFLW Player Development Manager and Psychologist.