Saskatoon - The Irene and Leslie Dubé Centre for Mental Health has added an important new service for its clients thanks to Royal University Hospital Auxiliary.
The Auxiliary’s generous gift of $80,000 helped create a sensory processing room on the main floor of the centre.
Sensory processing is considered an innovative treatment in the field of psychiatric health. It can be utilized to improve function and behavior by assisting with managing hallucinations, decreasing suicidal thoughts, decreasing self-injurious behaviors and improving negative thinking, as a few examples. It is an approach that uses the body instead of the mind, to manage symptoms.
A Sensory Processing Room provides a supportive environment that offers a comfortable setting that can be calming and pleasurable. Some of the unique features of this room are fiber optics, padded flooring, adjustable dimming light, light effects, alternate seating, swings, weighted blankets, and much more.
“We can’t thank the Royal University Hospital Auxiliary and the Royal University Hospital Foundation enough for this donation,” says Tracy Muggli, Saskatoon Health Region’s director of mental health and addiction services. “Our clients are benefitting from being able to access sensory therapy as part of their treatment.”
“It was during the $10.8 million Future in Mind Campaign for the Irene and Leslie Dubé Centre for Mental Health that the RUH Auxiliary came forward to suggest this innovative sensory therapy treatment program,” says Arla Gustafson, CEO, RUH Foundation. “It’s our goal to help patients day-to-day, today and tomorrow.”