An art show highlighting creativity of people who face mental health issues and the healing power of art is on display at Truman Medical Center-Lakewood.
The hospital, in collaboration with the Missouri Mental Health Foundation and the TMC Center for the Healing Arts, is presenting the 2012 Director’s Creativity Traveling Showcase, on display in the lower atrium through December 26.
“It is amazing to see this showcase of talent in our atrium and truly inspiring to see the creative outlet of individuals facing mental health issues,” said Charlie Shields, TMC Lakewood Chief Operating Officer and Missouri Mental Health Foundation board member.
“TMC has a long history of dedication to both increasing the awareness of the healing power of art and working toward changing the stigma associated with mental illness through our comprehensive behavioral health programs and services,” Shields said.
The artwork is created not only for the showcase, but also as a means of therapy and recreation by people with developmental disabilities, mental illness, or substance abuse served by the Missouri Department of Mental Health.
“Making the art available for public viewing is just one of the ways we can help reduce stigma associated with having a mental illness, developmental disability or substance abuse issue,” says Patty Henry, executive director of the Missouri Mental Health Foundation.
The Missouri Mental Health Foundation’s mission is to raise awareness and public understanding to the many issues that impact individuals and families who are living with mental illness, developmental disabilities and addictions disorders. Increasing awareness and understanding of mental health disorders will help dissolve stigma and open doors to treatment and equal opportunity for participation in schools, communities and the workforce.