Authors: Royal Children's Hospital Mental Health Service
Event: 2005 TheMHS Awards
Type of resource: TheMHS Awards
Award state: VIC
Award level: Winner
Award category: Mental Health Promotion or Mental Illness Prevention Program or Project
Abstract: The Festival for Healthy Living (FHL) is an innovative health promotion program, focusing on promoting wellbeing of children and adolescents in primary and secondary schools. Beginning in 1998 as a collaboration between the Royal Children’s Hospital Mental Health Service and the Department of Education, the Festival has grown consistently both in the number of schools and regions participating and in the depth and breadth of their involvement. To date, forty nine schools have participated in the Festival program impacting on over five thousand students, beginning in the Western Metropolitan region, then expanding to other regions including the Northern Metropolitan region, Loddon-Mallee, Grampians regions and more recently, in the Eastern Metropolitan region. Further regions and clusters of schools in Gippsland and in Southern region are being inducted as “apprentices” this year, with a view to full participation in 2006. The Festival has proven to be transferable to a range metropolitan and rural settings. Description of Facility/Organisation: The Royal Children's Hospital Mental Health Service (RCH MHS) is an integrated service for children and young people, who are in need of mental health services and who are living in the Melbourne Western metropolitan region and the north western corridor. RCH MHS delivers a range of quality services to its clients across 6 north western locations by a service model that incorporates a central location, hub, and community locations, spokes and satellites, as well as providing a range of consultative services to the broader community. RCH MHS provides consultation, assessment and treatment services, including individual and family therapy, case management, group programs and inpatient treatment. Within this context, it also conducts research and contributes to education, training and development at a broader level. The service has a budget of over nine million dollars which it receives from the Department of Human Services. It employs one hundred and sixty staff both full-time and part-time and accepts approximately fifteen hundred new cases every year.