On 10 October 2014, Mental Health Day, we celebrated the opening of the symbolic garden which was cultivated by the psychiatric support group in Paarl under the competent guidance of our counsellor Sara van Tonder. This creative garden at the TC Newman District Community Health Clinic, depicts the trauma of rape and the therapeutic healing process.
Sara van Tonder (clinical pastoral counsellor) writes: Eighteen members of the psychiatric support group worked relentlessly every Saturday since October 2014 to complete the main structures in The Garden – Place of Reflection and Healing. This unique garden reflects the trauma that rape victims experience, but it also takes the person to a place of healing and prayer. The Garden was opened by the Provincial Minister of Health – Minister Theuns Botha on the 10th of October 2014.