Music, Too, Is Medicine: Any activity that helps to bring sick minds back to normal interests has a curative value. So the state hospitals through their recreational therapy work encourage the formation of choirs, orchestras, dramatic groups and the like. In addition to furnishing entertainment for others, the efforts of patients along these lines are of direct benefit to themselves. Choir singing helps to keep them in touch with the realities of life, with religous expression, with the festivals that mean so much to the healthy world outside. It helps, too, to make them ready to resume their normal places in that world when they are cured of their ailments.
Beauty Parlor Spurs The Mind: Mental Illness often causes loss of a normal desire to look sightly to others. The restoration of pride in personal appearance may be a step toward recovery. So Ypsilanti State hospital has established a beauty parlor among its mental therapeutical agencies.
Working Back To Mental Health: Here is an occupational therapy shop. Tasks that interest and stimulate the mind help patients toward recovery and toward greater mental comfort. In addition to having curative results -- the main objective of occupational therapy -- the activities of patients produce many articles of use, such as rugs for sitting rooms and dormitories, curtains, chair covers, clothing, and the like. Nearly all the hospitals are using makeshift or inadequate quarters for occupational therapy. A separate building for this purpose at Ypsilanti is scheduled in the hospital building program.
Overcrowded Dormitory In State Hospital - This sleeping room at Ypsilanti State mental hospital was designed to give about 55 square feet of night space to each patient. But the 6-year-old institution is already so overloaded and has so many waiting to get in that accepted comfort and hygiene "standards" have to be abandoned temporarily under pressure of grim necessity. So this dormitory is jammed with as many beds as can be forced into it -- fully one-third more than should be there. This condition bas as it is, is far better than found in older hospitals with much less window space, much less artificial ventilation, much less pleasant and possibly less sanitary walls, ceilings, and floorings. Contrast this picture with the one below taken in an older institution.
Books A Hospital Helps - The library is a comfort and often a curative aid to many state hospital patients, particularly to those who retain a grasp on the normal things of life or who are on the way to recovery. Not all hospitals have such pleasant hospital quarters as those provided in the Ypsilanti State hospital, pictured above, but all strive to make their libraries attractive and seek to encourage their use by patients. No library is supplied with all the books it could employ to advantage.
Badminton Banishes Bad Dreams - Sports are included among curative means at state hospitals. Interest in them wins patients away from the fantasies of mental illness and helps to restore a normal relationship with real life. They are prescribed with a view to their beneficial effects on patients, just as medicines and treatments are prescribed in hospitals for physical ailments. This picture was taken in Ypsilanti State hospital gymnasium, the identity of patients being concealed through work of an artist who retouched it. This gymnasium is equipment desired in all hospitals, but lacking in most of them.
Busy Hands Distract Sick Minds - This is not a church "sewing circle," but a session of an occupational therapy class in a state hospital. Patients sew, knit, crochet, and do fancy work. They make many articles for their own use and for the use of others in the hospital. Occupation that diverts and stimulates the minds of patients is curative in its effects. The Curtains and ornaments of the room are the work of patients. Such work not only has a beneficial effect and helps while away the long hours of necessary hospitalization, but also furthers the productive ability of patients looking toward the time when they are sufficiently recovered to return to their homes and society.