mental illness


Art Turns Lives Around: Story of Art Instructor at DECSA

Who knew that pencil crayons could turn your life around? If you told Emma a year ago that today she’d be a thriving artist and the instructor of Try Angles – an art class under the umbrella of the Community Linking Programs, Wellness Network – she wouldn’t have believed […]


Researchers Say, “Being vulnerable improves mental health.”

Every day at DECSA, we work with people who are living with shame because of differences they have, experiences they’ve had, and choices they’ve made. We all live with shame, and it’s frightening to be vulnerable about the weak and damaged parts of ourselves, so we keep our secrets hidden. […]


Francine is Enjoying the Assets for Success Program

“My teacher is wonderful. She’s funny. It feels like she’s a twin to me because we’ve experienced the same stuff,” says Francine, a participant in DECSA’s Assets for Success program. Tanya, Francine’s “wonderful” facilitator says, “Francine is eager to learn, and she is very enthusiastic in every aspect of […]