Intrinsic values are concerned with doing the right thing, with the community and bigger-than-self problems. Here we can take a long-term and planetary view and consider the future for all. This is where the focus rests on the greater good and the inner satisfaction and joy which this leads to. Read more
Dr John Parker, psychiatrist & Founder of the Spring Foundation, is on a mission to transform the Lentegeur Psychiatric Hospital in Mitchell's Plain into a more welcoming space for mentally ill people. Dane McDonald spoke to Dr. Parker about the Lentegeur Spring Project and its mission.One gets Read more
Been there, gone Mal, got the T-shirtBiénne Huisman12 October 2014 15:00A drum session at Lentegeur, where participants show off the institution’s cheeky T-shirts. Picture: Jaco Marais“Mal adjusted,” read the T-shirts worn by staff and patients at the Lentegeur Psychiatric Hospital in Mitchel Read more
John S. Parker Lentegeur Psychiatric Hospital and Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health, University of Cape TownPublished: African Journal of Psychiatry, November 2012.Abstract: The recovery movement has emerged as an important and powerful force in the design and implementation of mental healt Read more
The Lentegeur Spring ProjectMandela Day in 2013 saw an unusual gathering at Lentegeur Hospital, organised as part of its Spring Project, when the South African National Biodiversity Institute supported staff and patients at the hospital in planting over 1000 indigenous plants to beautify the hospita Read more
The psychosocial implications of any admission to hospital for a psychiatric disorder weigh heavily on our patients and their family members. A key reason for this relates to how society has viewed mental illness through the ages, and particularly to how the predecessors of today’s psychiatric hos Read more
For nearly ten years now, John has been working at Lentegeur Psychiatric Hospital, in Mitchells Plain on the Cape Flats – a place that many have described as a ‘malhuis in a ghetto’. After five years he felt totally finished, and ready to give up. Then something happened that led to an awakeni Read more
The Lentegeur Spring Project from which the Spring Foundation has grown was selected as part of the Cape Town World Design Capital 2014 program and the foundation’s greening project was adopted as a flagship by The Provincial Department of the Western Cape and the Premiers 110% Green Campaign.
The Spring Foundation at Lentegeur Hospital is a registered NPO and PBO that is using a range of psychosocial rehabilitation and outreach projects to re-establish a sense of hope and recovery through re-connection to the natural world and to community, identity and heritage.