In 2004 the Choose Life strategy taking on momentum and there was a clear commitment to reduce suicide in Scotland. This led to additional funding being available for projects such as ours with a focus on promoting mental wellbeing. This was our first opportunity to start working in Psychiatric Hospitals. We delivered a multi arts programme in partnership with the Southern General Hospital, patients were also transported to our sessions from Leverndale hospital.
The hospital had great facilities for group work and we were able to explore music, art and drama with patients. It was during this programme that we discovered the value of using animation both as a group and individual activity.