UAB participants share what UAB means to them.
"I've been coming to Urban Arts Base now since as far back as 2005. Since that time, my mental health has followed a series of highs and lows, and UAB has been the only constant service which has been there regardless of whether I was broke or homeless, where I could express my emotions through painting, music, drama, sculpture, writing, claymation and more. Throughout the years I have felt many times trapped with no outlets, but UAB has been centrally important in giving me a space to safely express myself when I have felt there are no others. It helped me find other services such as Creative Youth Initiatives and to create a portfolio which aided greatly in my successful application to UNSW's College of Fine Arts. It did not matter if I was working and studying, or an out patient in hospital. For me, services such as UAB are very hard to find and I am so glad I did come across it after dropping out of high school due to my mental illness. Often being in a place where I am not well enough for study or work, UAB is invaluable.
"For me UAB is a safe environment to come and express myself. It's a great place to come when I'm unwell, but also when I'm well. It gives me something to look forward to, and helps add activities to get me out of the house. UAB has always been a supportive environment, providing a safe place to come and express feelings and ideas in a non-judgemental environment."
"UAB has provided a space that is not only safe and supportive, but also an encouraging environment to release a creative side of your personality – whether it be in art form with Art Teacher Penny or tuning into the guitar world with Dave. It’s nice to be in a unique group of people that are going through all sorts of life experiences, but are able to sit at a table together tuning into the creative side of life. It’s nice to have a space like UAB where you know you can come to either on a Thursday and Friday afternoon for a couple of hours for a bit of time out of the rush and stress of everyday life. It’s also a nice place to come to if you want to just chill out on the couches and relax with others."