Space to boost recovery

Mental Health Services Nursing Executive Support Manager Malcolm Stokes and Director of Nursing, Kelly Walker, check out the renovated spaces.

COURTYARDS across South Western Sydney Local Health District, are transforming into spaces that could assist with the recovery process for mental health consumers.

Transform courtyards for mental health consumers

Five courtyards have already been refreshed, with work already started on two spaces at Banks House, Bankstown.

District Mental Health Director Claire Jones said the reimagined courtyards were complementary to the model of care being provided to mental health consumers.

“There is still a feeling you are in a hospital but it is open, light, lively and comfortable,” she said.

“Mental health consumers can be here for longer periods of time and having access to outside spaces is a really important part of the recovery process.

“Positive interactions between staff and consumers are the foundations of a therapeutic environment and, the built setting can complement this.”

More than $1.5 million will be invested in the creation of sensory rooms and the refurbishment of outdoor spaces for mental health consumers in the district.

The works feature basketball rings to give more active consumers a space to hone their skills while chalk boards allow creativity to flow. Speakers have also been installed so music can be played and trees and shrubs provide a more natural haven for those seeking peace and quiet.

The well-thought out spaces have been created by a number of people including focus group members, staff, consumer groups and patients and their families.

If you or someone you know needs crisis support, call Lifeline 13 11 14. For local mental health services, phone NSW Mental Health Line 1800 011 511.