The Festival for Healthy Living

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Authors: The Royal Children’s Hospital Integrated Mental Health Program

Year: 2012

Event: 2012 TheMHS Awards


Type of resource: TheMHS Awards

Award state: VIC

Award level: Silver

Award category: Mental Health Promotion or Mental Illness Prevention Program or Project

Abstract: The Festival for Healthy Living (FHL) is an innovative mental health promotion and prevention strategy developed to promote positive mental health and emotional wellbeing in primary and secondary schools and their communities. It uses visual and performing arts to build the capacity of children, young people, schools and communities to strengthen mental health and wellbeing. Fundamental to its success is strategies to engage parents and families in the Festival for Healthy Living program as a means of strengthening parent-school engagement and promoting student connectedness and wellbeing. Another key aim is to contribute to and support partnership building across the health, education and arts sectors in order to promote better service integration. The Festival for Healthy Living’s unique approach in integrating the use of creativity and innovative approaches in school-community partnership development has made the program a leader in the field. Description of Facility/Organisation: The Royal Children's Hospital Integrated Mental Health Program (RCH IMHP) is a publicly-funded CAMHS for children and young people between 0 - 15 years who live in the Western Metropolitan Region of Melbourne. The annual budget of approximately $12 million is provided primarily by the Victorian Department of Health. The 170 full and part time staff represent a range of disciplines including Psychology, Social Work, Psychiatry, Nursing, Paediatrics, Occupational Therapy and Speech Therapy. There are approximately 570 active clients across the organisation at any time. The majority of clients are seen as outpatients and the inpatient ward has 16 beds. Services include telephone advice and triage, prevention and early intervention, assessment, consultation and liaison, and treatment. Treatment is individualized and family-centred, and may include individual, group or family therapy, and case management. Specific treatment programs are provided for most mental disorders, with clinical research and training.

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