Creative Minds 2008
Museum London, October 4-16, 2008
Opening Reception October 8, 2008 7-9 pm

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The Prevention and Early Intervention Program for Psychoses (PEPP) is pleased to return to Museum London for its fourth exhibition of artworks created by clients, their family members and staff from PEPP. The PEPP program aspires to provide encouragement, advocacy and treatment in the realization of the personal recovery goals of young adults experiencing a first episode of psychosis. The PEPP art show has become an integral and valued initiative within our service, recognizing and celebrating our shared talent and community. We extend a warm invitation to the London and area community to come to the show and experience this diverse and dynamic collection of visual and literary expression. We would be especially pleased if you could join us for our Creative Minds opening reception where the artists, friends, families and staff will be present to share in the celebration.

Maybe That Could Be Me

to Andrew's story

The day that Fanshawe College student Andrew Minderlein walked through a busy downtown intersection with his eyes closed, is the day that he knew he needed help.

Read his story in the 2008 LHSC Annual Report.


Art from "Creative Minds Art Show" Used in
Nation-Wide Poster Series

When Ted Bock agreed to participate in the Creative Minds Art Show organized by the Prevention and Early Intervention Program for Psychosis (PEPP) at London Health Sciences Centre, he never dreamed his painting would get national exposure. But that is exactly what happened to Bock and four other participants after Pfizer Canada decided to sponsor the printing and distribution of a series of art posters entitled “Creating the Possibilities.”

“This is a tremendous opportunity for the artists who have been able to control their psychosis and overcome the stigma associated with it,” said Dr. Rahul Manchanda, psychiatrist and medical director of PEPP. “In addition, their artwork expresses the positive outcomes in the treatment of psychosis and is a wonderful source of inspiration to others.”

PEPP is a community-focused mental health program that provides prompt assessment and treatment for individuals experiencing their first episode of psychosis. In December 2006, PEPP organized the highly successful Creative Minds Art Show, featuring the work of artists who have experienced psychosis.

Soon afterwards, Pfizer Canada approached staff at PEPP about the possibility of sponsoring the reproduction of five pieces of art from the Creative Minds Art Show in the form of professionally produced posters. The posters have been mailed to psychiatrists across Canada including a profile of the artists and the inspiring stories of their successful battle with psychosis.

Lori Hassall, Ted Bock and Rahul Manchanda
Lori Hassall, team leader for PEPP, Ted Bock, artist; and Rahul Manchanda,
psychiatrist and medical director of PEPP

The poster series is part of an effort to promote positive outcomes in patients with psychosis. Lori Hassall, team leader for PEPP said “Initiatives like this chip away at the stigma and dispel stereotypes of people with mental illness.”

The artists featured in the series are thrilled to be part of the initiative.

Bock says that "Becoming ill with psychosis is very earth shattering to the person who is sick, and the family who is faced with this sudden crisis. At PEPP, I found a place where people not only helped me with my illness and with dealing with life but also helped me discover my love of art. Certainly, I was honoured to have one of my paintings selected to be distributed across the country," said Ted Bock.

Adds Bock, "The more recovered I get, the more I want to return to help others who have recently become ill. This invisible disability has in fact led me to a richer and fuller life, and the new dream for all of us is simply to be happy. My hope is that the painting can inspire others who are dealing with psychosis and provide hope."

Psychosis is not a specific disease but is, instead, a syndrome which is part of a group of very serious mental disorders involving loss of contact with reality. Individuals with the syndrome may have hallucinations, delusions, bizarre behaviour and begin to withdraw from family and friends.

Psychosis results from abnormalities in the brain, particularly at the level of the chemical messenger systems, such as dopamine and serotonin. Many specific diseases are included in the term psychosis: schizophrenia, schizophreniform, schizo-affective, and less commonly, bipolar disorder and drug-induced psychoses.