On Saturday, May 14, 2016, at John George Psychiatric Hospital (JGPH), Dr. Melanie Watkins, (Stanford ’03) joined fellow alumni in helping to provide support to patients with mental illness, including: depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and substance use disorders.
Many of the patients at JGPH have psycho-social concerns as well, including: housing, legal, occupational, limited family support/involvement, limited insight. The volunteer effort was completed alongside the JGPH OT/AT Department and work included: sorting through donated clothing and sneakers, new or gently used T-shirts, shorts, tennis shoes and ‘goodie’ bags of nonperishable food items and toiletries were put together for patients.
Volunteer tasks took place both indoors and out and included:
Giving the donated clothing and shoes to patients who are in the emergency room or being discharged.
Providing support by listening to patients and validating their experiences.
Discussing resources with patients and family members (basic handouts were provided to volunteers).
Making ‘goodie’ bags with toiletry items (feminine hygiene products, gift cards for fast food restaurants, socks, etc)
We would like to extend our gratitude to all those that volunteered their time and energy and took advantage of this wonderful opportunity to help a population that needs support, encouragement and resources.
To learn more about this project: Please click here.