Posted by Devon Partnership Trust in News on 13th November, 2020
Patients and staff at The Haldon, our eating disorders unit in Exeter have contributed to the decoration of one of the doorways on the ward.
Occupational Therapist Jessica led the project: "The idea first came about when I discovered ‘Hospital Rooms’ - a charity that commissions amazing artists to decorate mental health wards. Evidence shows that the ward environment can help to reduce stress and anxiety if decorated in such a way. I noticed that the patients often stood outside the dining room whilst they’re waiting for the food to be served, and with the acknowledgement that meal times are extremely challenging, I decided that the dining room doorway would be the ideal place to brighten up.
"I ran some groups with the patients to think about the designs and colours, and they voted on three final ideas. Each patient painted at least one leaf, with many spending their afternoon with green paint on their hands! New patients and staff who have arrived since, have commented on the wall and how it brightens the ward. We’re now thinking about where we can paint next!"
Haldon also got into the spoooooky spirit over Halloween with lots of themed art and crafts sessions, led by the Occupational Therapy team. Patients made floating ghosts and pumpkins, paper bats, decorated rocks, and carved designs into pumpkins.