Hot Springs steps up for mental health

Peninsula Hot Springs has joined forces with Peninsula-based community mental health support organisation Mentis Assist to promote better mental health on the Mornington Peninsula.

The alliance was celebrated on March 15 at Peninsula Hot Springs and officially launched via a video message from Flinders federal MP and Health Minister Greg Hunt.

The celebration included speeches from the two CEOs and a former Mentis Assist client turned staff member, plus an appearance by actor/filmmaker Steve Bastoni, who showed his award winning short film on mental health 'The Gift'.

Peninsula Hot Springs founder and CEO Charles Davidson described the partnership as "a natural connection, one which we hope encourages all health and wellness tourism operations to further consider their place in, and contribution to, their region".

"At Peninsula Hot Springs we measure and define our success as a major health and wellbeing destination by the opportunities we create for people to connect with the environment, each other, their community and themselves," he said.

It is estimated that 45 per cent of people on the Mornington Peninsula will experience a mental health disorder in their lifetime.

"The partnership with Mentis Assist enables us to support the important work they do in our community; to raise awareness of the significant mental health issues in our region and country; and to learn how we are able to do more for those affected by mental health issues,” Mr Davidson explained.

Initial Mentis Assist and Peninsula Hot Springs partnership projects include specific wellness activities created at Peninsula Hot Springs for community members affected by mental ill-health including yoga/meditation sessions and mindful hot springs bathing experiences. Mentis Assist will also provide mental health training to Peninsula Hot Springs staff.