Repairing a broken plate as part of an art project is one way to create an environment where youth can feel comfortable talking about mental health and self-harm.
“By sponsoring an art project through the Turning Point Youth Center, we were able to attract youth and provide an opportunity to build trust,” said Anne Duriez, Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) Roots of Hope Community Coordinator in Meadow Lake. “It provided a safe place and a positive way to engage youth.”
“Youth that attended the evening said it was very calming,” noted Belinda Martin, Executive Director with Turning Point Youth Centre in Meadow Lake. “It provided a safe place to talk about some of the hard things in life. It also shows them that there are many adults in the community that care about them and their well-being.”
Putting a broken plate back together was also a reminder that some youth are more broken than others, but we can all be put back together again, it just requires more patience, and maybe an adult to step in and help, Martin noted.
Roots of Hope is a multi-site, community-led project that aims to reduce the impacts of suicide within communities across Canada initiated through the
Mental Health Commission of Canada.
The SHA has programs based in Meadow Lake, La Ronge and Buffalo Narrows.
The Saskatchewan Health Authority’s Roots of Hope program sponsored an art night with local artist Jinny Neviadomy through the Turning Point Youth Centre in Meadow Lake. Attendees worked on a project to put a broken plate back together.