The NSW Minister for Mental Health, the Hon Tanya Davies MP, has opened the newly renovated Family and Carer Room within the Panorama Sub-Acute Mental Health Unit during Mental Health Month.
“This project is a great example of government and non-government organisations working together to address shared priorities,” said Ms Davies.
“We are very grateful to the House With No Steps, which partners with the Western NSW Local Health District in operating the Panorama clinic.
“The House With No Steps has also generously supported improvements to family and carer areas in Dubbo and Orange, as well as here in Bathurst.
Director of Integrated Mental Health and Drug and Alcohol Services, Jason Crisp said, “WNSWLHD is delighted to be able to officially open out newly renovated family and carer room at the Panorama mental health unit”.
“The involvement of family and carers in the recovery of patients is really important.
“The upgrades to the family and carer room, was done through consultation and work by the Family and Carer Mental Health Program under WNSWLHD”.
Funding for the upgrade was provided through the House With No Steps mental health carers program. Consumers were able to provide input into the new and improved space, including helping construct the furniture and arranging the toys and games.
“The funding has allowed these Units to create a space for friends, family and carers to use when visiting their loved ones who are staying in the Unit.
“The family and carer rooms aim to offer designated spaces with kid’s toys, comfortable seating, bright artwork, games and books,” Mr Crisp said.
“It’s important to make sure that as many people as possible know what mental illness looks like and what can be done to treat it – even if it’s not an issue for you right now, it might be one day, either for you or someone you know,” said Mr Crisp.
Forty five per cent of Australians will experience some form of mental illness during their lifetime, and those that don’t will most likely know someone that does. Find out more by visiting Mental Health Month.
If you or someone you know needs crisis support please call Lifeline 13 11 14, MensLine Australia 1300 78 99 78, or Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800. For local mental health services phone NSW Mental Health Line 1800 011 511.