Artworks unveil journey to recovery at Wagga hospital

Hope in colour: Community mental health clinician and artist Georgina O’Neill said the indigenous mural at Wagga hospital’s Mental Heath Acute Unit was about a shared journey.
Hope in colour: Community mental health clinician and artist Georgina O’Neill said the indigenous mural at Wagga hospital’s Mental Heath Acute Unit was about a shared journey.

A splash of colour has brought light to an otherwise clinical facility.

Clients, staff and carers at Wagga hospital’s Mental Heath Acute Unit this week welcomed two specially designed artworks, amid celebrations for Mental Health Month.

The unveiling follows a Murrumbidgee Local Health District $2000 grant, that was awarded for the creation of a mural in the high dependency unit and a painting in the low dependency unit. 

Manager Inpatient Services Sharlene Brown said engagement like this, helped bring greater awareness to the need for community, health, wellness and the journey to recovery.

Indigenous mural creators David and Georgina O’Neill said their piece was all about a shared journey to recovery and the relationship between carers and consumers. 

A mental health clinician trainer, Mrs O’Neill said patients from “out country” could come and feel a strong sense of connectedness. 

Narrandera Indigenous artist Owen Lyons spent 170 hours creating a piece, that he said represented all Aboriginal people, to inspire reflection for all. 

Narrandera's Indigenous artist Owen Lyons.

Narrandera's Indigenous artist Owen Lyons.

“We need to take the stigma away from mental illness and raise more awareness,” Mr Lyons said. 

“It’s affecting more and more in everyone’s daily lives.”