Pine Rivers awarded elephant as part of Mental Health Week campaign

Pine Rivers got ACTIVE! for mental health week as they welcomed a large grey elephant into their courtyard.

This month Pine Rivers Private Hospital played host to one of the Australian Private Hospital Associations inflatable elephants as part of this year’s Mental Health Week.

Every year, the APHA sends 15 elephants to various private hospitals as part of the weeklong campaign, with the animal designed to start a conversation about ‘elephant in the room’ and remove the stigma surrounding mental illness.

Pine Rivers General Manager Ann Stevens said the elephant was right at home in the hospital courtyard, though he did get up to some mischief visiting other departments within the hospital as well!

‘We work hard to cultivate an environment that is calming and nurturing for our patients and their families, and this includes the maintenance of peaceful garden areas and outdoor spaces to encourage daily movement and boost wellbeing,’ she said.

‘Our lush hospital courtyard is the ideal temporary home for the APHA elephant, especially given the busy schedule of events we have planned for Mental Health Week.

‘I think the elephant served as a glorious symbol of awareness, treatment and hope for our current and former patients, along with the wider hospital community.’

This year, Mental Health Week ran from Sunday 7 October through to Saturday October 13, with World Mental Health Day recognised on Wednesday 10 October.

As part of the week’s events, Pine Rivers held a Family and Friends Fair in the hospital courtyard on Saturday 13th October, which included a barbecue, a mindfulness colouring corner, games and face painting! Though the weather wasn’t at its best this didn’t dampen the mood with the majority of patients joining in along with their friends and family.

In addition to this, the hospital has also completed a large art piece for one of the inpatient rooms – a wall size mandala made up of 70 small artworks coloured in by hospital patients.

‘Mental Health Week is such an important event and the Pine Rivers team is passionate about working with APHA to help raise community awareness about the mental health sector and our capacity to care for Australians who need us,’ said Ms Stevens.

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