Hollywood Private Hospital donates $10,000 to an art therapy program in Kashmir that will provide treatment for a range of mental health issues
Jan 18, 2012
‘A path with art – expressing untold Kashmir’ is the new community-based art therapy project that Dena Lawrence, Art Therapist and Mental Health Nurse from the Hollywood Clinic, is establishing in Kashmir.
The program will provide a way to find new meaning and to develop a sense of community and trust amongst the Kashmiri participants who have seen or experienced traumatic events in the ongoing violent conflict between India and Pakistan.
Specifically, the program will treat those suffering from post traumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety as a result of trauma.
Ms Lawrence said Hollywood’s $10,000 donation is the first significant contribution that has been made to the project which is reliant on donations from the community.
“I am overwhelmed by the generosity of Hollywood Private Hospital. The donation will go a long way in funding art materials and supplies, student training, venue costs and transport to the village camps where we aim to reach some of the worst affected areas in Kashmir,” said Ms Lawrence.
Ms Lawrence said that human suffering and mental health issues is profound in Kashmir and is a result of decades of political chaos.
“The art therapy groups and program will provide a space and opportunity for people to use the creative process to express and explore their feelings of frustration, anger, entrapment, grief and loss. The art process then becomes a way of creating new pathways to a more authentic and positive sense of self and increasing self worth and self-esteem,” said Ms Lawrence.
Hollywood’s Executive Director, Kevin Cass-Ryall said that ‘people caring for people’ is a motto that the hospital lives and breathes by.
“Commitment to the health of the community, whether it be local or global, is always a focus for Hollywood Private Hospital and we are delighted to be able to contribute to a project that will deliver real benefits to the people of Kashmir,” said Mr Cass-Ryall.
The appointed project coordinator, a local Kashmiri, has come to Perth and will be undergoing art therapy training with Ms Lawrence at Hollywood Private Hospital over the coming weeks.
From the 16 - 20 January 2012, Hollywood Private Hospital will be showcasing some of the artwork from previous workshops Ms Lawrence has facilitated in Kashmir.
Donations to the project can be made to the “Psychiatric Art therapy – a path with art” project via the Rotary Australia website www.rawcs.com.au
People seeking more information on the Kashmir Art Therapy Mental Health centre can contact Dena Lawrence on 0427 466 796.
Dena Lawrence is a registered art therapist, a registered mental health nurse and a practicing artist who has been working as a mental health practitioner for 26 years. For the past 16 years, she has been working at Hollywood’s Mental Health Clinic, where she has created, developed and implemented an art therapy program.
Art therapy is one of many innovative programs at the Hollywood Clinic, which addresses a variety of psychological and emotional needs through the deliberate use of art-making.
through the deliberate use of art-making a variety of psychological and emotional needs are addressed to help treat those suffering from a range of mental illnesses including eating disorders.
The Hollywood Clinic is a 40-bed in-patient unit providing excellence in acute psychiatric in-patient and day-patient care for private patients, entitled veterans and war widow/ers.
The Hollywood Clinic is located at Hollywood Private Hospital - a modern, 522 bed, state-of-the-art acute care hospital in Nedlands. The hospital is a part of Ramsay Health Care Group – Australia’s largest private hospital operator.