UnitingCare West was proud to once again be involved with Mental Health Week, with a number of initiatives and activities held in support of the week.
UCW’s Fremantle Service Centre (FSC) facilitated an African drumming session at the Wesley Link Community Room during their community morning tea session. The FSC also engaged the community in creating a tree designed to share ideas for “growing more mentally healthy”.
UCW’s Inner City Centre also held a number of events throughout the week including Art Therapy, Black Dog and Circle of Recovery sessions, and Mindfulness for Staff and Client workshops.
UCW’s Personal Helpers and Mentors Program (PHaMs) teams based at the Merriwa Service Centre held a stall at Joondalup Shopping Centre promoting UCW’s mental health services. PHaMs was also at a forum taking place at the Lorikeet Centre in West Leederville which was also attended by the Mental Health Commission, patients and staff from hospitals and other agencies.
This range of activities was designed to bring individuals and communities together, to encourage open conversations around mental health issues and to aid and enhance mental health recovery.
UnitingCare West Acting CEO Ian Moore says the organisation’s mental health programs have helped change the lives of many participants.
“Our mental health programs are holistic in nature and are provided with the goal of supporting individuals in the community with their recovery journey. The programs focus on strengths and what people with a mental illness can do rather than what they can’t. They also focus on recovery, demonstrating that people with mental illness can lead fulfilled lives in the community with the same opportunities as other people,” Mr Moore said.
The aim of Mental Health Week is to promote social and emotional wellbeing to the community, encouraging people to maximise their health potential, enhancing the coping capacity of communities, families, individuals and increasing mental health recovery. The 2015 theme of Act, Belong, Commit helps raise community awareness about mental health issues with Mental Health Week held every October to coincide with World Mental Health Day.
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