Joondalup Health Campus welcomes Mental Health Minister
Oct 14, 2015
Joondalup Health Campus (JHC) welcomed Mental Health Minister Helen Morton for morning tea to celebrate Mental Health Week.
The Mental Health Unit came alive for the event with the Minister chatting to patients and staff and meeting therapy dog ‘Sam’.
Staff also showcased activities organised for patients including music therapy, relaxation and games.
JHC’s Head of Mental Health Professor Hans Stampfer took the opportunity to praise the partnerships between JHC and many local community-based mental health organisations.
“Long-term mental health outcomes for our patients rely heavily on community support following discharge,” he said.
“It is continuity of care that is so important and we can’t do that without the professionalism of many community mental health organisations.”
Minister Morton thanked staff for their hard work and spoke of the difference they make to people’s lives.
She encouraged everyone to promote the Act-Belong-Commit message – the theme for Mental Health Week 2015 - and help de-stigmatise mental illness.
"Everyone has the ability to adopt the Act-Belong-Commit approach to suit their lifestyle and to build and maintain better mental health," she said.
"Being active, having a sense of belonging and a sense of purpose in life all contribute to happiness and good mental health.”
Member for Joondalup Jan Norberger also attended the event and, alongside Minister Morton, was given a special tour of the Emergency Department by JHC Acting Deputy CEO Dr Simon Wood.
Mental Health Week was held between October 2-10, with more than 50 events and activities which promote the Act-Belong-Commit message.