A NEW relaxation and calming room has been opened to help with the rehabilitation of mental health patients.
The Ballamona Association for Mental Health has funded the room which will be part of the Department of Social Care’s Rehabilitation and Recovery Service at Noble's Hospital.
Social Care Minister Martyn Quayle MHK said: "I would like to thank the Ballamona Association for Mental Health for its generous donation to fund the calming room and for its continued support to service users.
"This support is particularly appreciated in the current difficult financial times for Government."
Many people who have suffered from mental health problems such as depression and anxiety have great difficulty relaxing which is an important part of the recovery process.
The principle of the room is to create an environment where outside distractions are removed and visual and audio aids are introduced to promote relaxation and contemplation. Therapies will be offered to enable the user to become skilled in keeping calm and in control.
The room will be used primarily by service users who are undergoing intensive periods of rehabilitation designed to enable them to return to normal life and if possible gain employment.
During the last year the Mental Health Service had 2,511 referrals which equates to an average of 209 per month.
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