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Rooftop garden will provide therapeutic recreational area for Addiction and Mental Health inpatients

(Moncton) August 14, 2017 - The Friends of The Moncton Hospital Foundation (Friends Foundation) and Horizon Health Network (Horizon) today celebrated the official opening of a new rooftop garden to enhance patient wellness at The Moncton Hospital.


The garden, located on the third floor, will be an area for patients who have been admitted to the Provincial Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Unit (PCAPU), Youth Wellness Unit (YWU) or Adult Psychiatry Unit.

 

"We are proud to partner with the Friends Foundation to create a calming outdoor space for patients, families and staff," said Karen McGrath, Horizon, President and CEO. "In New Brunswick, one in four people will experience mental health problems during their lifetime, and this space is helpful to the recovery of many."

 

Local recovery teams, which include health care professionals and clients with lived experience, participated in the planning, creation and grand opening of their space. The youngest patients were invited to come up with a name for the space, and patients from PCAPU and YWU decided on the "rooftop garden."

The garden will allow patients to enjoy therapeutic, recreational and physical activities. It will also be an area for group educational sessions, including wellness, relaxation and peer support groups.

"An outdoor space is critical to the therapy of our clients while in the care of psychiatric health care professionals," said Dr. Dinesh Bhalla, Chief of Psychiatry. "This space will encourage clients to be active and creative, and enhance their hope that they have a life beyond their illness."

The creation of the garden has been made possible thanks to donors of the Friends Foundation. The Foundation provided $230,000 for garden construction, renovations, materials and labour.

"We are delighted that this outdoor space, made possible through the generosity of our donors, will empower addiction and mental health patients to heal," said Pat Armour, First Vice-Chair, Friends of The Moncton Hospital Foundation.

 

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For more information contact:

 

Stephanie Neilson-Levesque             

Media Relations                                 

1-877-499-1899

Media@HorizonNB.ca  

www.HorizonNB.ca

 

 

Julie Th├ębeau

Director, Communications

Friends of The Moncton Hospital Foundation

506-870-2699

Julie.Thebeau@HorizonNB.ca

 

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