Mental Health Week 2015 – Taking the elephant out of the room

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One in five Australians will suffer from mental illness in the next 12 months.

That’s just one of many statistics the Australian Private Hospitals Association (APHA) aimed to reduce by participating in Mental Health Week (MHW) 2015.

This year’s Elephant in the Room campaign ran from 4 October and culminated in World Mental Health Day on Saturday, 10 October.

The campaign first ran in 2014. It was a huge success then and this year was no different.

APHA’s member hospitals embraced it, entering their communities and talking about the issues to break down the stigma of mental illness.

From information sessions to art exhibitions to tourist attractions, our elephants were everywhere during MHW 2015.

It was quite a busy week for Healthe Care Australia’s Belmont Private Hospital and its favourite pet, Ellie. She was here, there and everywhere.

Ellie met members of the community, spent time on the airwaves, promoted positive mental health at the local shopping centre and attended the screening of Dark Side of the Full Moon – a documentary about perinatal mood disorders. It is an area of mental health close to the heart of Belmont Private Hospital, which is the only private perinatal mental health inpatient service in Queensland.

The Sunshine Coast Private Hospital’s resident elephant travelled far and wide during MHW 2015.

From tourist attractions to art exhibitions to golf courses, the UnitingCare Health facility went to great lengths in its bid to break down the stigma of mental illness – including an art exhibition to showcase the work of its mental health patients.

Healthscope’s Northpark Private Hospital asked its staff to share what steps they take to look after their mental health.

Visit APHA’s Facebook page to see what else happened during the week.

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