Ready, set, go for mental health

2016-11-15 06:00
A group photo of the participating athletes.

A group photo of the participating athletes.

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Coinciding with Mental Wellbeing Month observed in October, the Western Cape Mental Health Sports Day has successfully taken place for the past 15 years.

The annual event is arranged by the Occupational Therapy departments of the four psychiatric hospitals under the management of the Western Cape Government Health namely Stikland Hospital, Valkenberg Hospital, Lentegeur Hospital and Alexandra Hospital.

Each facility gets a turn to host the Mental Health Sports Day and this year it was held at the Lentegeur Hospital.

The sports is structured to include sports and activities for both the intellectually disabled and general adult psychiatric clients of the facilities and are selected to meet the varying requirements and abilities of clients.

Participants are also encouraged to select the sport or activity they would like to participate in.

Games include sprints, target throw, tug of war and sack races. Soccer, table top games such as dominoes and cards are available for the more competitive athletes.

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