Mental Health

St. Josephs Healthcare

The West 5th Campus is a new hospital that will support larger, state of the art facilities for people and families struggling with mental illness and addiction. Construction began in the spring of 2011 and is expected to be completed in the summer of 2014. The increase in capacity will be up to 305 beds and an expanded outpatient clinic.

The outdoor spaces are designed to provide a variety of landscapes specific to individuals suffering a severe mental illness. Gardens respond to programs in the area of schizophrenia, mood disorders, forensic and geriatric psychiatry.

Located in Hamilton, the property’s adjacency to the Niagara Escarpment and Mohawk College is reflected in the Master Plan. Venues for neighbourhood and community integration include pathways, sports fields and a pastoral landscape.

The fifty acre site sits atop the environmentally sensitive Niagara Escarpment. Preservation of the existing natural landscape, including mature groves of trees, was key to the overall design. Outdoor areas for therapeutic and recreational use are connected through trails and continuous walking loops.

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Sheena's Place

Sheena's Place is located in a non-institutional environment in downtown Toronto.  It is a registered charity whose mission is to offer hope and support to people affected by eating disorders.

The garden followed guidelines for the application of a feng shui symbolic systems approach.

The site faces east and so the resultant dominant element is wood.  The wood element is found in wooden furniture and accessories, outdoor plants, obelisks, trellis, pergola and tree trunks.  The colour spectrums of green and blue plant materials reflect wood.  Plants which represent the wood element include a pair of magnolias at the entrance gate and a massing of peonies near the dining terrace.

Pathways meander in gentle inviting curves like a river, and promote comfortable to use of the garden.  Midway through the garden a nook along the path provides space for a small garden bench.  The more area of shelter created within the garden the better the feng shui.  The meandering path wends its way through the garden to a larger gathering space.  It is suitable for outdoor programs as well as casual use in a relaxed setting.

Moving water is symbolic of bringing luck with it and so the water falls towards the house, in full view.  A sculptural wall mounted fountain creates flow and soothing stimulation with the sound of quiet water movement.

The garden has been designed according to colour and element to enhance fame reputation and wealth in the case of Sheena's.  The large tree branches in the north west corner are trimmed to increase the flow of light and energy into the garden which are symbolic of money.

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