Since 2014, Fondation Alta Mane has covered the costs of weekly art and music workshops (“Créer pour Guérir” project), benefitting long-stay patients in the socio-paediatric (SPZ) as well as child and adolescent psychiatry (KJPP) wards at the Winterthur hospital. Through art and music, patients, especially children, can thus express their mood, their sensitivity and their needs, relax and strengthen self-awareness as well as their relationship with peers and the therapists.

The project in summary

The project in detail

To help children cope with their illness by stimulating their artistic expressiveness.

In 2017, the project involved 23 children and adolescents hospitalised for a period of 80 days, on average, and suffering from eating disorders (mental anorexia, obesity, bulimia), epilepsy, behavioural and learning problems, depression, school absenteeism and encopresis.

Between 2014-2016, the project helped a total of 82 long-stay young patients (respectively 22, 21 and 40) for a 60-90 days period suffering from mental or eating disorders, accident-related trauma or trauma due to physical or sexual abuse.

Fondation Art-Thérapie

Established in Geneva in 2008, Fondation Art-Thérapie is a non-profit organization that supports art therapy and music therapy programs to facilitate the recovery of seriously ill children, new-born infants and adolescents receiving hospital treatment in Baden, Bern, Basel, Coira, Geneva, Lausanne, Lugano, Saint-Gallen, Zürich and Winterthur.

From 2010 to 2013, Alta Mane also supported Fondation Art-Thérapie multicentric research into the efficacy of art therapy in treating adolescents’ eating disorders (anorexia, bulimia and obesity). The project involved 3 Swiss paediatric hospitals: Geneva (HUG), Lugano (Regional Hospital) and Winterthur (Cantonal Hospital).