Children spread message of hope

Children and young people in York have been painting a picture of a brighter tomorrow to give hope to others attending local mental health clinic, Lime Trees

Supported and sponsored by Rainbows ceramic painting studio in York, Clare Fenton, a consultant psychiatrist, worked with young people and their families to create a welcoming piece of artwork to greet people as they visited the building.

The artwork, made up of 24 painted tiles, features inspirational messages and images from people who are currently being supported by the service. 

At an unveiling on 4 June, Clare said “It can be quite scary for someone coming to a first appointment and their families; they may not know what to expect and might have fears about the future.  Seeing motivational messages from people experiencing similar things, helps set people at ease and give them hope that things can get better.

“The tiles were decorated as part of a therapeutic art group and we are delighted that our children and young people have felt able to draw on their own experiences to help those new to the service feel at ease in the environment.  People often associate courage with an act of heroism, but keeping going even when things feel hopeless shows real bravery.  All those involved in the project are an inspiration, showing others that things can get better.”

Carol Redmond, head of child and adolescent metal health service in York said “The Trust is committed to involving service users in the work we do and projects like this help us engage young people in meaningful activities that support their recovery.”