A sheet of paper, a watercolour palette, and paint brush don’t exactly look like life-saving equipment, but for one CAMH patient, a recent collaboration with The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery brought joy, colour, and fun during a dark time.
“The workshops have been a life saver for me and have helped lift my spirits during one of the lowest points in my life. Spending time with others in a similar situation helped tremendously with the loneliness I was battling and the art class itself was beautifully facilitated so it gave me something to look forward to in my week,” said a participant who wished to remain anonymous.
Thanks to funding from Ontario Trillium Foundation, CAMH and The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery delivered more than 50 art workshops to inpatients over the last two years.
“The workshops came at a crucial time when many felt disconnected, lonely, and had little to do. Our patients craved an outlet for creative expressions. The workshops not only allowed participants to develop and improve their art skills but also gave an opportunity to socialize and connect with others,” said CAMH recreation therapist Regina Wasalinska.