A former patient on a mental health ward has created a piece of artwork designed to help others in her situation.
A service user who spent time on Beadnell Mother and Baby Unit at St George’s Park in Morpeth hopes that her painting will help other mums in need.
Beadnell is an inpatient unit which cares for and treats women with mental health problems during pregnancy and in the postnatal period. The unit offers a homely atmosphere in which the bonding of mother and child can continue.
The ward also provides care to partners and family members, working closely with nursery nurses and staff nurses to ensure both the physical and mental health of service users is considered.
The artwork serves as a message to all mums on the ward, many of whom may be struggling and may not recognise the bond with their babies.
Made up of different mothers and babies from a range of ages and ethnicities, the painting aims to normalise the fact that everyone’s experience is different and there is no ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to motherhood.
Allison Speirs, Ward Manager at Beadnell, said: “It’s an amazing piece of work. The former patient wanted to help others in a similar position and show that while they may be going through a dark time, there is light at the end of the tunnel.
“Some of our service users are first time mums and can question their ability to be a good mother, so it’s reassuring to hear from someone who has been through it. We’re proud of the support we provide to mothers, babies and their families and hope that the painting can offer some comfort during what can be a difficult time.”
The painting depicts different images of motherhood such as a baby being fed through a tube in its nose.
It is also surrounded by quotes such as: “The fact I worry about being a good mum means I am one.”
“Doing things for myself is selfish is healthy and not selfish.”
“You have survived all of your worst days.”
“You deserve to get better and have nothing to be ashamed of.”
Other service users on the ward have found the piece to be inspiring and uplifting.
CNTW is a leading provider of mental health and disability services in the North East and north Cumbria.