Redevelopment of mental health courtyards
LRH Mental Health Services staff inspect the new courtyard for adolescent patients.
22 January 2016
Work is progressing on the redevelopment of outdoor courtyards in the Flynn mental health unit at LRH.
Reconstruction of the courtyard for adolescent patients has been completed and features a synthetic turf lawn, activities like basketball, table tennis and chess, planter boxes and a water feature.
Attention has now turned to the courtyard for adult patients – a much larger project involving the removal of concrete paving and garden beds.
The project was funded by community and corporate contributions totalling almost $143,000.
Advice was sought from the Horticultural Therapy Association of Victoria (HTAV) to ensure the new courtyards would provide a therapeutic benefit to people with mental health challenges.
The designs were created by Joshua Dennis, a senior landscape architect at Melbourne-based firm Taylors, while construction is being carried out by Warragul company Farnham Development.
The Flynn Unit is the region's only inpatient facility for people requiring acute mental health support.
Demolition of the courtyard for adult patients in the Flynn Unit at LRH is underway.