The Village in Woodbridge hosts Vinnies Got Talent event for Mental Health Week

Artist Ian P from Vinnies Mental Health Service at Vincentian Village, Woodbridge with some of his artwork.  Pictures: David Baylis d487560
Artist Ian P from Vinnies Mental Health Service at Vincentian Village, Woodbridge with some of his artwork. Pictures: David Baylis d487560

SUPPORTING the well-being of others daily was the focus of Mental Health Week this year and Vinnies promoted the theme in Woodbridge on Friday.

Mental Health Week aims to increase awareness of mental health issues and reduce the stigma of seeking help.

Vinnies Mental Health Service uses a recovery-focused model, led by the belief that everyone should have the opportunity to rebuild their lives.

Its accommodation services include a 28-unit facility known as the Village in Woodbridge which has onsite case management and support for residents living in self-contained units.

For those whose needs are less intensive and who seek to be more independent, Vinnies WA has six community shared houses which provide supported accommodation for a further 25 people.

Mental health manager Hazel Beirne said Vinnies staff worked with the people to help build their life skills and reach their goals in a safe living environment.

“The accommodation we provide at the Village enhances personal growth, self-esteem and helps our residents make informed choices about their recovery journey, reconnecting with friends, family and the community, while building their confidence,” she said.

Guitarist Andrew and drummer Shayne from Vinnies Mental Health Service at Vincentian Village, Woodbridge on stage.

The Village celebrated Mental Health Week with ‘Vinnies Got Talent’ on October 12, when residents and staff showcased their singing, dancing and comedy skills in the show in front of family and friends.

Ms Beirne said participating in recreational activities such as the talent show enabled residents to improve their confidence and show how well their rehabilitation was going.

“Our residents get to enjoy the spotlight for a brief time and show that although they have many challenges with their mental health, they also have lots of talents, and interests to express and share with the community,” she said.

“This helps us as people to feel connected to ourselves and the world around us.

“It is vital that we recognise the importance of this connection in the recovery journeys of those we are supporting.”

Guitarist Ron from Vinnies Mental Health Service at Vincentian Village, Woodbridge on stage.