Snowsfields Adolescent Unit
Mark Titchner, Tschabalala Self, Athier, Sara Naim
Tim A Shaw, Gordon Cheung, Christian Furr
Hospital Rooms has commissioned international artists to co-produce inventive, compelling and NHS-compliant artistic environments for the Snowsfields Adolescent Unit, an open residential ward offering mental health care for 12-18 year olds experiencing serious mental health crisis.
Our artists have worked in genuine partnership with service users, psychiatrists, allied health professionals and public health researchers to create inspirational spaces that enrich quality of life, encourage conversation, enhance self esteem and deepen ties between people. In addition, we have programmed art workshops for service users that illuminate the environments and encourage meaningful participation in creative activity.
By treating the mental health environment with the equivalent value assigned to national museums or galleries and widening access to creative activity, we hope this project will have an empowering impact on young people using mental health services and encourage lifelong participation in the arts.
The project is funded by Arts Council England, the Isabella Blow Foundation and through the generosity of Hospital Rooms friends and donors. We are also grateful to Colart who has donated high quality artist materials for the project through their brand Liquitex.
"We are very excited by this project. Coming into hospital as a result of a mental health crisis can be very stressful. Improving the appeal of the physical environment is therefore a very important target. The joint working of Hospital Rooms with our service users is highly appreciated, not only to achieve the most relevant outcomes but also as a valuable opportunity for young people to be involved in a creative and problem solving project."
Dr Richard Corrigall, Consultant Psychiatrist and Dionne Monarch, Occupational Therapist, Snowsfields Adolescent Unit
Snowsfields Adolescent Unit: is an open unit offering mental health care for adolescents experiencing a serious mental health crisis, who require hospital admission. They have developed a national and international reputation for innovation and pioneered the introduction of a comprehensive, all hours emergency admission service. The majority of the young people they treat are emergency admissions, however planned admissions can also be arranged. Admissions are accepted 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, including admissions under the Mental Health Act. A significant number of the young people admitted to the Snowsfields unit have psychosis. Others have problems relating to their mood and often pose a risk to themselves. They are also able to admit young people with a variety of other psychiatric or neurodevelopmental disorders, or where there is diagnostic uncertainty.
Key areas: autism spectrum disorders, eating disorders, learning disabilities, mood disorders, neurodevelopmental disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, psychiatric problems, psychosis, self-harm, suicide attempt.
South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust: provides NHS care and treatment for people with mental health problems. They also provide services for people who are addicted to drugs or alcohol. As well as serving the communities of South London, they provide specialist services for people from across the UK and beyond. Locally, they deliver mental health services for people living in the London boroughs of Croydon, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark; and substance misuse services for residents of Bexley, Lambeth, Greenwich and Wandsworth.
They provide clinical services in seven London boroughs, with a combined population of nearly 2 million people covering an area of 168 square miles, rich in culture, diversity and architecture. They are part of an Academic Health Sciences Centre called King's Health Partners with King’s College London, Guy’s and St Thomas’ and King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trusts and our aim is to be a leader in improving health and wellbeing - locally, nationally and globally.
Internationally they work with Macani Medical Centre an Abu Dhabi based organisation set up to bring the highest quality health care to the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.
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