AT HOME WITH people with severe and long-term mental ill health
AT HOME WITH… people with severe and long-term mental ill health
– When I get suicidal, I zoom into the kitchen and turn the radio up pretty loud. I sit at the kitchen table and open the window. Then I take the photos of my grandchildren and set them in front of me. That holds me together.
Norway's National Medical Museum has visited the homes of people with severe and long-term mental ill health in order to find out how they are doing.
Early in the 1900s, large psychiatric hospitals—asylums—were built across Norway. Many patients lived there for many years. Some stayed right up until they died and were laid to rest in asylum graveyards.
Now the asylums are shut down. Treatment of several mental distress still happens in institutions, but also in many other places. People with severe and long-term mental health conditions live mainly at home: with their parents, in apartments, in houses, public housing, and sheltered accommodation.
How is life for them there?
"At home with…" shows fotographs and interview excerpts from these visits. Visitors can come along into these living rooms and gain a new understanding of mental health and illness in Norway today. All photographs: Håkon Bergseth, Teknisk museum.
At home with… will run from 17 October 2016 to 1 September 2017, at the Teknisk museum.
The exhibition will be opened by Health Minister Bent Høie at the Teknisk museum on 17 October at 18.00. Free admission and simple refreshments.
Contacts: Ellen Lange, Project Leader 22 79 60 21/48 25 81 83 ellen.lange(at)tekniskmuseum.no and Kathrine Daniloff, Communications Director 22 79 60 12/ 90 05 71 92 kathrine(at)tekniskmuseum.no
– I have a five-year plan for things. I will try to put out a punk-music album on vinyl, make an albumm of Russian guitar poetry, finish the paintings I am doing, and have at least one photo exhibition. And then there's the novel. Trilogy, it should be, it will be. It never got finished. Really, I must get it done.