Authors: South Metropolitan Area Health Service, Mental Health (SMAHS, MH), South Metropolitan Mental Health Advisory Group (SuMMAt)
Event: 2011 TheMHS Awards
Type of resource: TheMHS Awards
Award state: WA
Award level: Finalist
Award category: Mental Health Promotion or Mental Illness Prevention Program or Project
Abstract: Music to Open Your Mind (MTOYM) is an annual community event in Fremantle WA which raises awareness of mental health. MTOYM is a free family concert and market day with live music, children’s activities and information on mental health issues and services. Importantly, MTOYM includes both mental health and physical health promotion messages. Music was chosen as the theme due to its capacity to attract people, its universal nature and acknowledged properties in enhancing health and reducing stress. Music is part of everyday experience and can be used as a means for positive transformation. MTOYM was first held in 2007. In 2011, MTOYM was held on 27 March with an attendance of over 2000 people. Music to Open Your Mind acknowledges people with mental health problems as valuable members of the community and celebrates the services and partnerships which help people affected by mental illness and their families and carers. Description of Facility/Organisation: The South Metropolitan Area Health Service, Mental Health (SMAHS, MH), provides comprehensive mental health care for all ages, including assessment, intervention, treatment, consultation, education, support and liaison. Services are offered in community, outpatient and inpatient settings. The south metropolitan area of WA incorporates city, suburban and rural areas, across 16 local government areas, five health districts and 5000km2, with a total population of over 750,000 people. SMAHS is also the fastest growing health service in WA. SMAHS, MH is a major public mental health service with over 1100 clinical staff. In a year SMAHS, MH sees over 25000 consumers. The mission of SMAHS, MH is to inspire excellence in mental health care. We act with integrity, commitment and respect, which fosters flexibility, competence, reflectiveness, innovation, justice and safety, and supports partnership, leadership, stewardship and professionalism for our community.