Oct 09
Reducing stigma this Mental Health Month

​Mental Health Month, Western NSW Local Health District’s Mental Health Drug & Alcohol Service is inviting the community to an open day for its voluntary mental health unit in Dubbo to help reduce stigma around mental health.

The unit supports people aged between 18-65 years with mental health issues in Western NSW.

Director of Integrated Mental Health Drug and Alcohol Services for Western NSW Local Health District, Jason Crisp, said that people have the opportunity to work within a collaborative model with support workers, clinical teams, families and carers to achieve personal recovery goals.

"The unit offers individualised care that is responsive to the person’s needs and the consumer has a say in what recovery might look like for them because we know there is no one size fits all approach to mental health," said Mr Crisp.

"For example, if someone is stepping down into the unit from being in hospital we can work with them to make their transition back into the community as smooth as possible. Similarly, if someone is stepping up from the community into the unit and needs more supportive care we can tailor their care plan to ensure they are getting the help they need.

"We want to help people to get better and stay better.

"We are also working with local elders around renaming the unit to something culturally appropriate and reflective of the care that is provided.

"People can access the unit via their GP or through their local mental health team."

The voluntary unit is a 10 bed facility offering 24-hour supported care. People in the program also have access to peer workers who use their own experiences of recovery to walk beside consumers on their recovery journey.

Western NSW Local Health District manages the unit in partnership with Flourish Australia.

Open Day event details:
Date: 11 October 2017
Time: 11am
Location: 170 Myall Street