On World Mental Health Day, Brian Paynter MP, State Member for Bass, was a guest speaker to raise awareness of mental health issues at Claypot Curry House in Woolamai.
Restaurant owner, Shirani Perera, had a full house for the event to raise funds towards a project at Latrobe Regional Hospital Mental Health Unit (Flynn Unit).
The redevelopment project of courtyards in the Flynn Unit will provide sensory gardens designed to stimulate the senses and encourage activities which promote positive changes for a person being treated for a mental illness.
Sebastiano Romano, Nurse Unit Manager of Flynn Unit also spoke to the guests about the need for a space where patients could enjoy sitting in the gardens. It has been proven that sensory gardens provide therapeutic value in mental health care.
A total of $925 was donated to Latrobe Regional Hospital to go towards the project from the generous guests who attended the dinner.
Quotes attributable to Brian Paynter, Member for Bass
Shirani did a wonderful job to bring everyone together on World Mental Health day and raise funds towards a worthwhile project.
How things have changed that mental illness was once a taboo subject and now we celebrate a World Mental Health day. Speaking openly about mental health issues is so important to reduce the stigma.
I agree with Sebastiano. Mental illness does not discriminate. No one is immune.
It is important we have facilities that make patients feel calm, especially when they may have to be far away from the support of family and friends.
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