Healthwatch Visit Humber Centre Mural
Healthwatch East Riding of Yorkshire recently visited The Humber Centre to see first-hand the Mural being created by the staff, service users and family. We first heard about the project when we spoke to the team at the Humber NHS Foundation Trust AGM. It looked and sounded like a fantastic project that was helping its service users with arts therapy.
The project started when patient feedback had said the centre looked cold and clinical and the team decided upon a solution which changed the feel of the building.
Karl Tamminen, Arts Therapies Clinical Lead Humber Centre, said:
‘The challenge for any inpatient service is to not solely see the clinical environment as a place of work for staff to attend, but to glimpse it through the eyes of our service users who see this as the place they live, and to some, the place they call home.’
In August 2016 the project started with ‘The Street’ that transformed a 100ft central wall into a colourful mural which indeed resembled a high street. Along the street you can find a restaurant, a laundrette, a bank and convenience store, all of which resemble the resource that is through the door on the street.
Since the street was finished the team have since created an Italian style room which encompasses views over the ocean on one wall and into the hills on another wall. There is also an American diner which the service users have pained in their canteen, and the team are now working on a library room which will be a relaxation area.
Healthwatch believe this is a great way to get a variety of people involved with the recovery of mental health issues and look forward to seeing the project come to its completion in the near future.