Pandemic Stories | Humber River Hospital

We’re sharing 5 pandemic stories of how we continued to deliver on our mission despite COVID -19. You can check out the others here.

A mural that features yellow and pink flowers, green grass and trees in the background. There are the flowers roots in the foreground, and a blue sky with clouds in the background. There is a rainbow in the sky that says the sun will come out tomorrow around it.

Healthcare has been at the front of everyone’s mind. What has been overlooked however are those who are in healthcare facilities for long-term stays unrelated to COVID-19. VIBE Arts works closely with mental health inpatient units to bring colour and opportunities for self-expression, confidence building and creative connection to those who were even further isolated as a result of COVID-19.

At the Humber River Hospital in North York, VIBE artist Frannie Potts was given special permission to host weekly workshops for inpatients of their mental health services. This program was a weekly highlight for residents who otherwise were not allowed visitors and were not permitted to leave their ward due to COVID-19 restrictions. Frannie and the participants created a mural together that now brightens up the common room in the ward.

For those that have donated this season and to our COVID-19 Relief Fund, thank you for your support in these difficult times.

The mural created by Frannie Potts and Humber River Hospital inpatients