Creativity. Self-empowerment. Socializing. Expression. These are all words associated with the Mental Health Arts Program in Prince Albert. The program is open to all mental health inpatients at the Victoria Hospital as well as community program participants at the Acquired Brain Injury Services and/or Canadian Mental Health Association.
“This program has built a community which provides the participants a sense of belonging and self-empowerment,” says Randi LaMotte, a Recreation Therapist with the Saskatchewan Health Authority. “The fact that all three organizations offer this program with the same art teacher provides our patients and clients consistency and hopefully a more successful transition from in-patient care back to the community.”
The artwork created in the program is displayed at the Victoria Hospital near the mental health in-patient unit. The art is displayed for one year and is included in the annual Art Gala hosted by the program every May.
The art therapy program for inpatient mental health patients is funded through a partnership between the Victoria Hospital Foundation, and the Elks and Royal Purple.
The annual Art Gala displaying the artwork from the Mental Health Arts Program took place May 7 in Prince Albert.