"Gardens can be healing and restful places, surely an easy place to start?"
About: The Townsville Hospital The Townsville Hospital Douglas 4817
Posted by the good the bad and the ugly (as ),
My adult child was admitted to the acute mental health unit (Townsville Hospital) after experiencing a paranoid psychotic episode. The vast majority of the staff were excellent - friendly, helpful, keeping me informed of progress, encouraging visits etc. The approach of the doctors was very skilled, calm and patient.
The issue however was the environment. I understand there are restrictions, however the layout of the building was poor, the rooms felt like prison cells and there was nowhere comfortable and relaxing to sit with my child without a TV blaring. The 'garden' was a grassed area with little grass and an old concrete table and bench and the odd shrub - I did not enjoy sitting on the earth which was my only option.
I am sure there are psychiatric hospitals around the world we can learn from, to make a healing rather than a harmful environment both for staff (who are there day in and day out) and the patients.
Try comparing the area described above with the children's area... beautiful new equipment, green, pleasant... but this was my adult child and the whole period was the worst of my life - and a nicer environment would have helped.
Gardens can be healing and restful places, surely an easy place to start?