Creativity Workshops

Writing is a wonderful form of creative expression that everyone can engage in, and benefit from. Join Elizabeth Maynard Schaefer, PhD, author of Writing through the Darkness: Easing Your Depression with Paper and Pen, for a virtual workshop on how journaling, blogging and/or creative writing can help ease emotional trauma and depressive symptoms—and even improve the immune system. (View our presenter biographies.)

Sparking Creativity in Healing

A 50-minute video of a workshop delivered at the DBSA 2008 National Conference

Elizabeth Maynard Schaefer, PhD, is a science journalist, mental health advocate and pioneer in using creative writing as a tool for easing depression. Since 1998, she has led a unique creative writing program for people with mood disorders, meeting at the Stanford University Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. This group draws members from across the San Francisco Bay Area and has been recommended by mental health care professionals.

Tip Do one new thing a month

I see wellness as a full well rounded life. So I try to do one new thing a month. One month I started walking my dog every night on a new - longer path. One month I read a whole new kind of book - biographies. Another month I tried - and failed - to learn chess. It doesn't have to be expensive and often I do not have much energy to try something new, but even trying something simple like going to the library boosts my mood and gets me out of the house.