Art and poetry exhibit to highlight Waypoint’s Mental Illness Awareness Week activities
Art and poetry exhibit to highlight Waypoint’s Mental Illness Awareness Week activities
Posted on 09/30/2016
Recreation for Recovery – An exhibit to share art, poetry andJessica Ariss research findings will be on display in Waypoint’s main lobby on October 4, 2016 in celebration of Mental Illness Awareness Week.

Jessica Ariss, a Waypoint recreation therapist, curated the event as part of her research thesis in pursuit of her Master of Rehabilitation Science. The research participants were involved in each stage of the research process from the development of the research methods, to the data analysis and dissemination of the research findings.

“I wanted to explore how therapeutic recreation in a community-based mental health centre can support the recovery of individuals diagnosed with mental illness,” says Ariss. “Mental health recovery is a unique and individualized process focused on creating a hopeful and fulfilling life, regardless of challenges or symptoms. Being creative can help support that process.”

The healing aspects of recreation, specifically the benefits of creating art and poetry, will be apparent in the works that will be on display as part of the exhibit.

The doors open at 3 p.m. on October 4 with formal remarks at 3:15 p.m. The exhibit will remain on display in Waypoint’s main lobby for the duration of Mental Illness Awareness Week.

“Jessica’s project and this exhibit are a perfect example of how we are collaborating with our patients in the provision of expert services that foster healing and inspire hope,” said Carol Lambie, Waypoint President and CEO. “Having these works of art on display helps advance the community understanding of mental health”. 

In addition to the Recreation to Recovery exhibit, Waypoint is also hosting its second Discover Waypoint event on Oct 4. This new series brings together people from across the region together to discover more about leading-edge research projects and new mental health initiatives. If you are interested in attending Discover Waypoint, please contact Holly Archer at harcher@waypointcentre.ca.