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Mural at Adventist Hinsdale helps teen patients make space of their own

Published: Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013 4:46 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013 4:56 p.m. CDT
Occupational Therapist Pam Pinto designed the new mural on the Behavioral Health Unit, which adolescent patients on the unit then painted. (Provided photo).

HINSDALE – To make the space a little more their own, the teenage patients in the Behavioral Health Unit at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital have helped paint a new mural.

Titled “Funky Sol,” the mural features an orange and yellow sun rising from a bright blue ocean, where orange clownfish, spotted jellyfish and green sea turtles swim.

Designed by Occupational Therapist Pam Pinto, the mural plays multiple roles for the unit’s patients. It helps to differentiate their space from the adult patients staying there and works on important skills, offering patients a healthy activity that they have a personal stake in, Pinto said in a news release from Adventist Hinsdale.

Fourteen adolescent patients took part in the mural’s construction, starting with Pinto’s design and then painting their own personal additions. The patients, for instance, came up with the clownfish and turtles on their own.

An amateur artist, Pinto has done murals for family and friends, but this is her first on the Behavioral Health Unit.

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