To Mark World Mental Health Day…

WHAT unveils ‘CHIME’!

‘CHIME’ is one of our recent collaborative projects. The five resulting ceramics pieces are also titled ‘CHIME’.

The artworks were created as part of the ‘Iontas’ arts and mental health programme by artist Laura McNamara and service users who attend the Recovery Hub at Odhrán Lodge, St Otteran’s Hospital in Waterford. ‘Iontas’ is a multidisciplinary arts programme for those who access mental health services across County Waterford, and is delivered by WHAT in partnership with Mental Health teams.

Waterford Healing Arts Trust would like to acknowledge the nursing staff in the Community Homes and the Recovery Hub in Waterford, who were behind the idea to create this special artwork. A big thank you to the Rehab and Recovery Clients and staff who made this co-produced artwork possible

The project was named ‘CHIME’ after the recovery model used by the HSE. It stands for Connectedness, Hope, Identity, Meaning and Empowerment; values which underpin the ‘Iontas’ programme.

Waterford Healing Arts Trust is Ireland’s leading arts and health organisation. Established in 1993, WHAT brings arts experiences to the bedsides of patients at University Hospital Waterford and other healthcare settings. WHAT believes that the arts contribute to the wellbeing and vitality of society and that engaging with the arts stimulates the participant’s sense of identity and creativity. Core funded by the Arts Council, WHAT supports the development of arts and health in Ireland and manages the national resource website