To be officially opened in a fortnight, the $4.8m state-funded centre will provide short term residential mental health care and support in a home-like environment for people in the southwest region. PARCs provide care and support at critical times for people with significant mental health issues, maximising their potential for personal recovery and social and emotional wellbeing.
Mind is highly regarded for its person-oriented expertise and a commitment to focusing on the strengths, values and support preferences of people with mental health challenges. The organisation has been supporting people dealing with the day-to-day impacts of mental ill-health, as well as their families, friends and carers, for over 40 years.
It provides practical and motivational support that helps people to develop the skills they need to manage their mental health challenges, thrive and improve the quality of their lives.
Mind’s Regional Victoria Area Manager for Clinical and Primary Care Services Phil Dunn says this includes helping people with the things that make them feel strong and healthy, such as being in control of their life, being resilient and participating in their community.
‘We also work with people to address poverty, housing, education and employment. It’s an approach to mental health and wellbeing that looks at the whole person in the context of their daily life,’ he explains.
SWH Mental Health Services Director Karyn Cook says Mind Australia is the perfect partner for this desperately-needed and exciting new service, the first of its kind for the region.
‘Our partnership with Mind Australia provides enormous opportunity to blend expertise in mental health recovery and clinical treatment, ensuring the success of our Prevention and Recovery Centre.
‘South West Healthcare is delighted to be able to offer consumers of our mental health services care and treatment within this community-based and purpose-built, modern, home-like environment to aid them in their mental health recovery and wellness goals,’ she says.
‘The Prevention and Recovery Centre adds to our suite of bed-based services in Warrnambool and the extensive community-based services across the entire South West region. It will enable us to tailor recovery-oriented treatment for individual consumers.’
Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney MP will officially open the Prevention and Recovery Centre on February 24. The public will have the opportunity to tour the facility from 3– 6pm on Wednesday February 28.
photo > The partnership that will help enhance recovery includes Mind Australia’s Service Development Manager Julie Billett (left) and Regional Victoria Area Manager for Clinical and Primary Care Services Phil Dunn, and SWH's Mental Health Services Director Karyn Cook and Mental Health Promotion, Prevention, Early Intervention & Recovery Services Manager Rochelle Morrison (right).