Toronto Private Hospital invests in art as therapy

TORONTO Private Hospital doesn’t just talk about the therapeutic benefits of art, it has invested in it.

CEO Andrew Mereau said the hospital’s art therapy classes were achieving beneficial results for patients.

‘‘So we’ll be starting a much more intensive arts program here, and employing a qualified art therapist,’’ Mr Mereau said.

He made the announcement at the hospital’s recent Inspiration Art Show, part of Mental Health Week celebrations, and the second anniversary of the opening of the hospital’s mental health unit.

The show encouraged people who have experienced a mental health disorder to focus on what inspires them, and to depict it in art.

‘‘Self-exploration through creative expression often leads people to insightful conclusions about themselves,’’ Mr Mereau said.

Entrant Megan Keys, who has been treated for depression, agreed.

‘‘It’s much easier for me to get my emotions down in pictures, rather than in words in a journal,’’ Ms Keys said.

Her acrylic painting on canvas, Safe Harbour, was judged joint winner of the exhibition.

Anita Morris shared top honours for her work, Wave of Emotion.

Each woman received a $300 prize.