To mark World Mental Health Day, people who have been affected by mental health conditions have created stunning artworks to create awareness and promote understanding. Lancashire Care Foundations Trust’s occupational therapy unit has teamed up with the Create Bolton charity to highlight the artistic talents of people seeking to challenge the stigma surrounding mental health. The works are forming part of an art exhibition exploring the idea of ‘time’.
Guild Lodge, a mental health facility in Preston, uses art as a therapeutic activity to help patients explore and articulate their feelings at regular sessions that encourage patients to unlock their artistic potential.
Art technical instructor at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, Lauren Rosewell, expressed her delight at the success of the project, saying:
“We have over 40 varied pieces of art, ceramics, metal work, woodwork, photography and creative writing forming this exhibition.
“This is a celebration of the creativity, skills, confidence and self-esteem developed throughout a year at Guild Lodge Occupational Therapy department. Create Bolton has given us a great platform to enable us to showcase the creative accomplishments of the service users.
“I am very proud of all the hard work that each individual has contributed.”
The exhibition will be available for members of the public to view at Café Create Bolton based in Claremont House, Bark Street, Bolton, every Friday and Saturday until 5th November 2016.
The title of the show is ‘Time,’ and the organisers have said that the concept of time plays an important and continuing role within the lives of both service users and staff who live and work within a restricted environment.
The works presented were supported by a range of staff including occupational therapists, technical instructors and volunteers. Some of the works were created during one-to-one sessions as well as group sessions that were run at Guild Lodge.