‘Metamorphosis’ - The journey to positive mental wellbeing
Celebrating positive mental health through art
During Mental Health Awareness week last year Four Seasons Health Care partnered with the Belfast Trust to exhibit beautiful displays of arts and crafts produced by our residents, with the help of our colleagues.
The exhibition highlighted the importance of positive mental wellbeing and acted as a tribute to the users of our mental health units and to our dedicated teams. The display took place at Knockbracken Hall in South Belfast and was officially opened by Lisburn Mayor, Tim Morrow.
The successful event even attracted an endorsement from The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, who got in touch to congratulate our residents on their beautiful pieces.
Carol Cousins, Managing Director of Four Seasons Health Care in Northern Ireland explained why the organisation places such a prominence on the mental wellbeing of its residents:
“We treat each of our residents across all of our homes as an individual with their own personal choices about care needs and lifestyles.
“When care needs include mental health as well as physical heath support we recognise the importance of working to maintain healthy mental wellbeing. Working on art and craft keeps our residents active and they take great delight when their talent is recognised. The exhibition is called ‘Metamorphosis’ which is fitting as it heralds the journey to positive mental wellbeing which is vital to all of us, young and old.”
The four homes which came together to organise the fantastic event were Saintfield Lodge, Greerville Manor, Lecale Lodge and Cedarhurst Lodge. The event was even featured on the BBC Network - watch the video here.
Our residents were invited to share anything which inspired them from poems, to sculptures, to paintings. Here are some of the pieces from the day, and one of the beautiful poems shared by our residents:
Free As A Bird
I would love to roam
In field of silken green.
With daffodils of yellow
Splashes of colour in between.
Leave this city behind me
Stone side walks of ghostly grey.
Towering buildings void of beauty
Traffic jams all through the day.
I want to breathe the air
From streams and forest and trees.
Listen to the sounds of nature
This has always been my dream.
Don’t want to be a prisoner
Of this city where I dwell.
Breathing fumes from polluting machines
Where all highways lead to hell.
One day I will leave this town
A city built and ruined by man.
And live my life embracing nature
The way our lord God had planned.
John Read 19/07/2013
Date published: 9 October 2018
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