Creative patients help tackle stigma

Our patients have been brushing up their creative talents.

Our patients have been brushing up their creative talents,  working with occupational therapy staff to create colourful artwork which will be showcased during mental health awareness week (Monday 11 May – Sunday 17 May).

The TEWV Arts exhibition at Ripon Cathedral entitled ‘Recovery begins with hope’, aims to tackle the stigma often associated with mental ill health or a learning disability.

Canon Wendy Wilby will officially open the awareness raising display at Ripon Cathedral on Monday 11 May. The artwork will be available for the public to view until Sunday 17 May and admission is free.

In its fifth year, this will be the largest TEWV Arts exhibition to date with over 40 pieces of artwork being showcased including photographs, paintings, drawings, pottery, textiles and poetry.

Started in 2011 under the name ‘Art in the Park’, TEWV Arts hosts an event annually as part of the Trust’s social inclusion strategy.

Rachel Booth, occupational therapy clinical lead said “This exhibition is a great way of raising awareness in the local community about mental ill health and learning disabilities.  It showcases the artistic talents of our patients and staff, and we hope people visiting the exhibition will be encouraged to think about the whole person rather than just their illness.  It has also acted as a therapeutic tool, bringing people together to achieve a common goal.”

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