We were lucky enough to catch up with the fabulous Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation down at their Art Hub at Elizabeth Quay (right near Gusto Gelato) last weekend for The Big Splash WA . We made wishing flags and stones and met a few of the unique dolphins that are currently hanging out around town.
Perth Children's Hospital Foundation has been using their creative power to bring children's mental health into the spotlight with the assistance of 36 stunning dolphin sculptures. The vibrant dolphin art trail is complemented by The Big Splash WA Schools program. The Schools Program provides student resources, and teacher and parent kits that support a positive mental health curriculum and details of resources and organisations that can provide support. So far 45 schools have joined the program and welcomed smaller dolphin sculptures which they will decorate and keep as symbols of their ongoing commitment to mental health awareness and well-being.
"Mental health is one of the top three most important issues for young Western Australians. Four times as many young people now present to Emergency Departments with mental health crises including repeated self-injury and attempted suicide compared to five years ago" (PCFH, 2017)
The key messages of the Big Splash campaign are:
You are not alone
It’s OK to talk about your feelings and concerns
Real help is available
A strengths-based approach to parenting can support positive mental health by:
Reinforcing the message that real help is available – I can get help from people who have the same and complementary strengths as me
Demonstrating that you are part of a caring community (I am not alone) - Everyone has strengths and weakness and it’s okay. If we all had the same strengths it would not work.
Reinforcing that it is okay to talk about your feelings - By talking about my strengths I know I can talk about anything.
The ability to identify our key strengths is a key to resilience and mental health
Our strengths can allow us to effectively communicate, make ourselves and others happy, develop resilience and tackle tricky situations.
It is important for everyone to communicate through the language of shared strengths.
The Big Splash WA dolphin trail runs until 4th of March. Download the app or head down to the Art hub and grab a map.
The Art Hub runs 10am to 2pm on weekends.
Details about The Big Splash can be found at http://www.thebigsplashwa.com.au/
If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health, help is available and you are not alone.
The organisations below provide help and support both over the phone and online.
Lifeline – 13 11 14 Beyond Blue – 1300 22 4636 Kids Help Line (Ages 5-25) – 1800 551 800 Mensline – 1300 789 978 Womensline – (08) 9223 1188
Mental Health Emergency Response Line: Metro callers – 1300 555 788 Peel – 1800 676 822