Diabetes Art Day is organized and facilitated by Lee Ann Thill, diabetes advocate and art therapist. She started Diabetes Art Day in 2010 to encourage individuals and families with diabetes to engage in creative visual expression to communicate their experience with diabetes, connect with others, raise awareness, and promote insight and positive coping skills. Having lived with type 1 diabetes since 1978, Lee Ann is dedicated to raising awareness about diabetes-related mental health issues, and advocating for improved mental health services that include arts-based programming.
Lee Ann is also founder and facilitator of the World Diabetes Day Postcard Exchange, and blogger at The Butter Compartment. She is administrator of VIAL Project, a social networking site for people with type 1 diabetes and food and body issues that serves as a platform for research she is conducting as a doctoral student in the Expressive Therapies program at Lesley University in Boston, MA. Lee Ann is a registered board-certified art therapist and Pennsylvania licensed professional counselor, providing services to people with diabetes and other health-related and psychological concerns at her office in Bensalem, PA, and she is Adjunct Professor of Art Therapy at Holy Family University in Philadelphia, PA.
Disclaimer: While Diabetes Art Day has potential healing value for participants, it is not art therapy, nor is it a substitute for professional mental health care. If you are experiencing depression, anxiety or other psychological distress, please consult your doctor or local mental health care professional.
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