Mental rehab unit opens doors
MUSIC, herbs, vegetables, sunny decks and teacups greeted visitors to Coffs Harbour’s North Coast Mental Health Rehabilitation Unit yesterday.
As part of Mental Health Month, the unit held its first ‘open morning’ and morning tea.
Visitors included workers with non-government agencies and health organisations and potential clients.
They joined unit staff and current clients at the event, which also included a talk about what the unit offers and a Q&A session.
The unit’s program co-ordinator, Bill Davies, said most clients who made use of the unit were people with a severe mental illness, like schizophrenia, who had specific goals to improve their lives, whether this was managing medication, finding practical and functional ways to deal with stress and anxiety; be more confident in a social situation; re-enter study, or; get back to work.
Although the unit is part of the Coffs Harbour Health Campus, staff and clients, who stay in the unit for an average of three months and sometimes more than six months, try to make it as much of a home as possible, hence the herb and vegetable gardens.
As well as programs in the unit, there are many activities outside the unit, including walking groups, swimming and other water activities.