Creative self-care is an integrative approach to one’s wellness. Expressive writing, music, and visual arts reflect self-expression resulting in productive alone time and personal growth. It is not a diagnostic tool or replacement for counseling, therapy, medical, or other holistic approaches – but a supplement to enhancing one’s health, self-awareness, and quality of life.
Our vision is for a mindful community of inclusive attitudes towards mental illness, disabilities, chronic illness, and anyone not deemed typical and for them to cope with the thorns in their sides in a healthy manner. Therefore, the mission of Operation No Shame is to offer a hub of creative self-care prompts and art journaling techniques that have proven potential to decrease anxiety, stress, depression, pain, and increase cognition, immunity, communication, and wellbeing. We are an organization that believes everyone, regardless of their situation or past, is worthy of support, encouragement, and a lifeline to therapeutic living.
Operation No Shame is not an art therapy program. We do not guide, interpret, diagnose or try to work through problems. We provide therapeutic prompts to get the creative process started – a push for one to self-explore.
Holls Thomas is the founder of Operation No Shame. With a B.A. in Journalism and M.A. in Political Science from Eastern Illinois University, she is currently a nursing student at Duke University. She has a background in advocating and case management for domestic violence and sexual assault survivors. Her research focus at Duke is creative arts therapy.
Disclaimer: Operation No Shame’s goal is to be an online hub for self-help resources, education, awareness, and support. Individuals are encouraged to seek local mental health professionals for additional assistance. Operation No Shame in no way takes the place of a licensed art therapist, counselors of any sort, or medical providers. Although Operation No Shame may not be a mandated reporter, any abuse allegations will be reported appropriately to DCFS or Adult Protected Services. The National Suicide Hotline is 800-273-8255. There is no shame in reaching out for help. There is no shame in needing to talk about it.