Very interesting article. Art can be such a strong and therapeutic way to reach the critically ill.
I have been a patient in a psychiatric ward and I know how much I loved doing art therapy every day. Our doctors had to approve whether we were healthy enough for art therapy, but the unit I was in was not for the dangerously psychotic, like the people in the article. We had some mildly psychotic people there, but it was mostly people suffering from mood disorders, personality disorders, or substance abuse issues.
Still, it was always a treat to be in the recreational therapy room with these people. None of us really spoke on the unit, but sometimes we could have honest and silly conversations about the artwork we were doing. We didn’t talk a lot about why were on the unit or what was wrong with us. We didn’t need to.
I have always saved the pieces I made while I was on the unit. They are a daily reminder of where I’ve been and where I’m going, and how I’ve survived some of the toughest periods of my life.