According to research, people with cancer who engage in creative arts therapy experience less depression and anxiety than those who don’t.
Our Care through Art programme which is available to patients who access our Day Hospice takes place three times a week and provides people with life-changing illnesses the chance to get creative and express themselves through art.
The group boosts patient’s self-esteem and provides relaxation during an emotionally and physically challenging time.
Pat Darlington has been an Art Therapist at St Luke’s for 16 years and takes great pleasure in nurturing patients, many of whom have not painted in years if at all, and supporting them to produce their pieces of art.
“I am always amazed at how memories can be reignited through art; it might be a special place someone went on holiday with their family or partner which holds so much meaning, a portrait of their pet or simply a painting of a flower, it is their channel which they can portray their own happy thoughts. People often give them to family members as gifts or include in a memory box. ” said Pat.
“Art allows you to focus, so if your world is out of focus then art is for you.”
Art can be a valuable form of treatment, offering psychological, emotional and physical benefits. All sessions are supported by Pat and patients are provided with the materials and lunch in our Day Hospice.
Find out more about our range of patient services available at St Luke’s.