The primary goal of Shattuck Partners is to support and provide programs that improve the quality of life of patients at the Lemuel Shattuck Hospital and support their healthy transitions back to the community. Programs we have supported include:
“I feel good, it makes me happy, my mood changes. Music relaxes my brain and gives me confidence. I’m getting better.” -Norman (patient participant in songwriting program)
Poetry, Open Mic, Therapeutic Music and Songwriting Programs engage patients with local artists in a relaxing, positive environment. Sessions and workshops offer patients a chance to relax, connect with others, and in many cases learn self-expression and communication skills, supporting therapeutic outcomes and life-skill development. Here are some booklets showcasing some of the art and poetry from our programs:
“It’s given me responsibility and showed me what it’s going to take to work in society.” -Patient Participant (gift shop program)
The Shattuck Partners Gift Shop (on site at the hospital) serves as an important vocational rehabilitation site for patients of the MA Department of Mental Health and also a benefit for the hospital community. Patients learn from a vocational coach and receive real-world business experience in the gift shop.
“The speakers have been really important in our world of social distancing, they are portable to bring room to room as we work individually with folks.” -Hospital Therapist (reacting to our support of Bluetooth speakers for therapeutic group use)
Friday Flicks community movie nights, the Open Mic Coffee House, sports and game equipment, video/computer equipment and other enrichment and recreational opportunities are important for patients who typically experience long hospital stays. Group activities offer positive experiences and life skills practice. Recreational equipment and technology gives patients healthy activity options.
“I came here with nothing in the hopes of starting a sober new life, and getting this pack… feels like the last step of my process here and it will be easier for my next transition.” -Patient (upon receiving a Transition Success Pack at discharge from the hospital)
Programs that supplement efforts of hospital staff to treat a challenging array of mental and physical health issues include sensory modulation, which teaches patients stress management; a life skills program; treatment support for patients with tuberculosis; supplies for therapeutic groups; reading glasses for information access; and life essentials for patients returning to the community.