Lunch Break, Farnborough Hospital (1979) by David Beales
The illustration is of the psychiatric day hospital at Farnborough, Kent, in 1979. Day patients and inpatients queued together for lunch, then returned to the occupational therapy department, perhaps after attending a relaxation class. Occupational therapy was not just basket weaving or making stuffed toys. Occupational therapists helped patients, often devastated by depression, learn or relearn living skills such as shopping and cooking.
About David Beales:
I am 63 years old and was an inpatient for nearly seven years on the psychiatric wards, over two of those in the old asylums. In the community, when I was not working I attended occupational therapy as a day patient. I have shown work in solo exhibitions at Hall Place, the Bethlem Gallery, and at the Institute of Psychiatry, and in exhibitions with other artists for 15 years. Painting, drawing, and making prints help me cope with stress that care in the community patients have to endure. My pictures are intended to raise awareness, and like the picture chosen for the cover, to document life on the psychiatric wards.
We are always looking for interesting and visually appealing images for the cover of the Journal and would welcome suggestions or pictures, which should be sent to Dr Allan Beveridge, British Journal of Psychiatry, 21 Prescot Street London E1 8BB, UK or firstname.lastname@example.org.