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Construction underway on new youth mental health services unit in Nepean Hospital

Young people across Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains will soon have access to a dedicated Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) inpatient unit with construction under way for the new facility.
Co-located on the Nepean Hospital campus, the new CAMHS unit is being delivered as part of the NSW Government’s $700 million Statewide Mental Health Infrastructure Program (SWMHIP) and will provide essential mental health care for young people aged between and 17 years of age.
Co-designed by young people, their families, carers, and staff, the unit will feature:
  • 10 single bedrooms with ensuites
  • a large internal communal area and two outdoor courtyards
  • therapy and consultation rooms
  • sensory and media spaces
  • an indoor gym
20-year-old Lithgow resident Felix Sy, who has been part of the co-design process, says the new unit is going to make a big difference to young people living in the local area.
“Throughout high school I experienced depression and anxiety to the point where I was admitted to hospital at Nepean. Having that experience in the hospital system inspired me to put my hand up and contribute to making sure this new facility is designed specifically for young people,” Felix said.
“I was able to contribute to ensure the facility is a welcoming and safe place for the LGBTQI community. It’s a rewarding feeling knowing I’ve been able to use my experiences to make a genuine difference for young people in the future.”
Donnelley Constructions has been appointed to deliver the new CAMHS Unit.
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