Dubbo's voluntary mental heath unit to open to the public on Wednesday

OPEN DAY: The public is invited to inspect Dubbo's voluntary mental health unit at 170 Myall Street on Wednesday from 11am. Photo: NIC WALKER
OPEN DAY: The public is invited to inspect Dubbo's voluntary mental health unit at 170 Myall Street on Wednesday from 11am. Photo: NIC WALKER

The doors of Dubbo’s voluntary mental health unit in Myall Street will be thrown open to the public on Wednesday in a bid to reduce stigma.

The Western NSW Local Health District is inviting the community to visit  from 11am. The unit at 170 Myall Street supports people aged between 18 and 65 years with mental health issues in Western NSW. 

“The unit offers individualised care that is responsive to the person’s needs and the consumer has a say in what recovery might look like for them because we know there is no one-size-fits-all approach to mental health,” said Jason Crisp, the health district’s director of Integrated Mental Health Drug and Alcohol Services.

Mr Crisp said consultation with “local elders” was under way into the renaming of the unit.

The 10-bed facility offers 24-hour supported care. Patients have access to peer workers who use their own experiences of recovery “to walk beside consumers on their recovery journey”. The health district manages the unit in partnership with Flourish Australia.