Psychiatry’s Bridge Art Gallery: An Innovation for Mental Health Turns Ten Years Old

The Bridge Art Gallery in the Department of Psychiatry is celebrating its 10th anniversary. Join us to learn how, by providing a space for local artists to display their artwork, we have created a comforting and therapeutic environment for patients, families, and employees while diminishing the stigma and hesitance associated with entering our part of the Medical Center.

Caroline Nestro, MS, RN, is an Associate Clinical Administrator in the Department of Psychiatry who, throughout her career, has been using strength-based approaches to patient care as well as in the provision of supervision and mentoring. She graduated with her BSN in 1980 from Adelphi University and obtained her Masters in Adult Mental Health Nursing from the University of Rochester in 1991. Her nursing career began in medical, surgical and intensive care settings. She has been with the Department of Psychiatry since 1984 and has worked across the continuum of care. Caroline has worked in a leadership capacity since 1998 and was instrumental in facilitating the creation of the Department of Psychiatry Advisory Council of Consumers in 2006. She chaired the Department's Diversity and Cultural Awareness Leadership Team between 2007-2014 and facilitated a variety of departmental, university and community activities aimed at facilitating learning and dialogue regarding inequity related to difference. Her interest in consultation approaches at the individual, group and organizational levels and her interest in advocacy align with her role as a patient- and family-centered care champion. She has worked on several projects that use film, literature, music and the arts to open discussions and raise awareness about lingering stigmas related to mental health, health inequalities, and Rochester's history, with a focus on race relations and community partnerships to promote mental health.

Eric Caine, MD is at a point of career transition, now having the opportunity to focus more on specific priorities--mentoring and research involving "public health and preventive psychiatry" as it relates to suicide, attempted suicide, and deaths arising from common risk factors. He served as Acting Chair of the Department of Psychiatry from 1993-1996 and as John Romano Professor and Chair from October 1996-August 2017. His work  continues to the social and community factors that contribute to suicide and risk-related deaths, seeking to integrate this understanding with perspectives gained from past work as an inpatient psychiatrist, an outpatient clinician, and a leader of patient-care services. Together with lessons learned from visiting other countries that effectively reduced rates of suicide, my major efforts involve 'rethinking suicide prevention' for the United States.

Amanda Lai, BA  is the Department of Psychiatry’s Arts & Communication Specialist. As part of her role, she curates the Bridge Art Gallery, an art space located in the Department of Psychiatry that focuses on diminishing mental health stigma. 

The Healing Through the Arts & Humanities series is a collaboration of the Department of Health Humanities and Bioethics, Eastman Performing Arts Medicine, and Rochester community organizations. These interactive presentations will demonstrate the many ways that arts support and improve the health and wellbeing of our community members.

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