High flying Wildcats help launch basketball courtyard

Two mean wearing Perth Wildcats team shirts stand with a teenage boy who holds a basketball.
Perth Wildcats players Dario Hunt and Clint Steindl with patient Brayden Reeves in the courtyard.
October 29, 2019

Perth Wildcats players Dario Hunt and Clint Steindl joined youth mental health staff and patients to launch a new basketball courtyard at Fiona Stanley Hospital (FSH) this week.

Dario, standing at 206 cm with a seven-foot wingspan, and Clint, a 200 cm star forward and shooting guard, put the hoop to good use at a mini-clinic for current and former patients.

Coming off a win over Illawarra in Woollongong last weekend, the players took time out from recovery and training to visit the unit.

The hoop was added to a refurbished courtyard adjacent to the Mental Health Youth Unit to encourage outdoor activity in a relaxed environment.

The courtyard has a table tennis table and a bright and colourful mural has been added to improve the space for youth patients, staff and their families.

Fiona Stanley Hospital Nurse Director Mental Health Sharon Delahunty said patients had asked for a basketball hoop to increase their physical activity to help manage difficult times in their lives.

The Youth Unit also supports patients to continue their education and facilitates therapy pet visits, daily walking groups and art activities.

The FSH Mental Health Youth Unit is a 14-bed inpatient service that provides short to medium-term care and treatment for young people aged 16 to 24 who are experiencing severe episodes of mental illness.

As part of the service, a team of staff provides intensive, short term community care to support to young people to reduce the duration and frequency of hospital visits.

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