Bright new garden bound to delight

BEAUTIFUL Minds believes those battling mental illness should be surrounded by beauty and support for a better chance of recovery.

So the local community group, made up of only 10 people, raised a whopping $70,000 to revamp the drab recovery gardens at the Waratah Adult Mental Health Unit behind Campbelltown Hospital.

"We recognised it lacked the look and feel of a garden the patients deserve, so we did something about it," Sandra McDonald from Beautiful Minds said at the opening of the new gardens yesterday.

"This place is forgotten.

"It's hidden at the back of Campbelltown Hospital. We raise money and we do it."

The group held fund-raisers such as a Mystic Five Psychic night, a charity race night at Tabcorp Menangle Park and received a grant from Medibank Community Funds.

"The patients feel a lot more supported by the community because they know the community raised money to help them recover," Mrs McDonald said.

The gardens feature outdoor exercise equipment, a walking path, vegetable gardens, outdoor furniture and many different plants.

About 1200 people battling mental illness use Waratah Adult Mental Health Unit every year.

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