Summer 2008: Beyond Bricks and Mortar
Mental Health and the Built Environment
IN THIS ISSUE: Editorial — Psychiatric Patient Built Environments: Liberating Our Past – Commentary: We Are Where We Live – The Roots of Recovery – Environments of Exclusion – When the Workplace Breaks You Down – Brick by Brick – It Takes a Village – Our Town – The Gold Standard
Vol. 24, No. 1
Psychiatric Patient Built Environments: Liberating Our Past
Toronto Star columnist Christopher Hume explores the connections between mental health and the built environment
The Peace Ranch supports the recovery of people with serious mental illness through participation in a therapeutic farm community
The range of housing choices for people with mental illness is limited by the built environment
Unhealthy workplace environments can be a barrier to accessibility for workers with mental illnesses
Globe and Mail columnist John Bentley Mays asks the question that has preoccupied generations of architects of mental health facilities: Do buildings influence what people think, feel and do?
Urban planners take note! Pedestrian-friendly neighbourhoods with access to community resources, green spaces and transportation are good for our mental health
Freelance reporter and consumer Robin Harvey takes a stroll through her healthy neighbourhood
Accessible and affordable transportation is crucial for our mental health
Glenda Heathcote, West Wall, Queen Street (photograph).
Reproduced by permission. This work appeared in the Being Scene 2005 art exhibit at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto.