By Miguel Amante
Each year, patients from COMPASS (Concurrent Outpatient Medical and Psychological Addiction Support Services) are given the opportunity to participate in PhotoVoice – a multi-week photography program to encourage participants to explore their own feelings towards mental health and recovery.
Participants are given point-and-shoot cameras during the program, and they meet weekly to discuss photography and mental health. The program culminates in a public exhibition, where their work is printed and displayed. This year’s exhibit is entitled Little White Camera – for obvious reasons.
The annual project, led by Occupational Therapist Nicole Bartlett and Employment Works! Coordinator Sean Patenaude, is both an important stepping stone for patients in recovery, and a passion project for its co-facilitators.