Hos­pi­tal brings in mu­sic

Horowhenua Chronicle - - NEWS -

Mu­sic will fill the Palmerston North Hos­pi­tal en­trance this week as men­tal health and well­be­ing be­comes a fo­cus for MidCen­tral District Health

Board.

The week marks the Men­tal Health Foun­da­tion’s Men­tal Health Aware­ness Week 2018, which is themed Let Na­ture In, Strengthen Your Well­be­ing — Ma¯ te ta­iao, kia whaka­pakari to¯ u oranga and runs from Oc­to­ber 8 to 14.

To mark the week, the DHB will bring a pi­ano into the main foyer of the Palmerston North Hos­pi­tal for staff and vis­i­tors to play, or sing along to.

MidCen­tral DHB gen­eral man­ager peo­ple and cul­ture Keyur An­jaria said men­tal well­be­ing was af­fected by sev­eral fac­tors in and out­side of work and at MidCen­tral DHB all wanted to work in an en­vi­ron­ment that was safe, healthy and that sup­ported men­tal health and well­be­ing. The pi­ano would en­cour­age staff and vis­i­tors to con­nect over the sound of mu­sic.

“If you have the skills, please take the op­por­tu­nity next week to play the pi­ano or sing along in the main foyer. Both mem­bers of the com­mu­nity and DHB staff are in­vited to par­tic­i­pate. We know there are very ta­lented peo­ple within our or­gan­i­sa­tion, some of who do play the pi­ano in the chapel and oth­ers who we know are won­der­ful singers.”

An­jaria said this year’s theme was im­por­tant be­cause re­search had shown spend­ing time in na­ture lifted peo­ple’s moods. It also de­creases feel­ings of de­pres­sion and anx­i­ety, im­proves con­cen­tra­tion, buf­fers against stress, makes lives mean­ing­ful, speeds re­cov­ery from tough times and re­duces health in­equal­i­ties re­lated to poverty.

Also dur­ing the week, re­sources and well­be­ing stands will be avail­able for both hos­pi­tal staff and vis­i­tors in the hos­pi­tal, and a men­tal health clin­i­cal nurse spe­cial­ist and the con­sumer ad­viser will be avail­able for staff to chat at set times.

■ For more in­for­ma­tion about Men­tal Health Aware­ness Week, visit mhaw.nz. Phone Mo­bile 06 368 2037 06 368 1591 Ian 021 432 995 Ken 021 246 8202

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MIDCEN­TRAL District Health Board com­mu­ni­ca­tions of­fi­cer Dale Wicken plays the pi­ano in the Palmerston North Hos­pi­tal main en­trance foyer.

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