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Doris put her life on display to help raise over $70,000 to go towards improving Latrobe regional hospital’s Fylnn Unit. More importantly helped raise awareness across the region, encouraging people to talk about and fight the stigma against Mental Health.
Latrobe Regional Hospital recently launched its annual appeal to raise money for its mental health service and make a difference in the lives of people living with a mental illness.
The service cares for 1000 people across the region at any one time and 1100 people a year are admitted to the Flynn unit at LRH, which is Gippsland’s only inpatient facility.
The LRH Mental Health Appeal embraces the theme: ‘Talk About it. Make A Difference’ and this October at the 2014 Latrobe Regional Hospital Gala Ball, there’ll be an opportunity for all of us to come together to do that – Make a difference.
Money raised at the 2014 Gala Ball will support some important projects in the Flynn unit. Including turning the mostly concrete outdoor courtyards into sensory gardens for adults and young people.
LRH Director Mental Health Cayte Hoppner said sensory gardens have proven their value in other mental health services in Victoria. “Just think about how you feel when you’re enjoying time in your own garden,” Cayte said.
“No matter what your age is, there are health benefits in being able to go outside and experience a living, colourful landscape with interesting textures and sounds – something most of us would take for granted.”
One in five people will experience mental health issues in any year and 75 per cent of those problems happen before someone hits the age of 25.
Incidents of suicide in the Latrobe Valley have exceeded state and national averages.
The LRH Appeal invites all of us to join a conversation to remove the stigma around mental illness.
It’s about supporting people in our community, the people closest to us – our family, friends, neighbours or work colleagues.