Considering Mental Health in Aged Care: Scalabrini’s Approach

Each and every year, we’re able to have more conversations about mental health – but there is still more work to do.

Mental health, especially mental health in men, is slowly becoming a regular mainstream conversation. However, for some there is still sensitivity or unawareness around how negatively poor mental health can impact a person.

In Australia, approximately 3,000 people end their life each year, with suicide being the leading cause of death for Australians aged 15 to 49. Out of the 9 suicide deaths that occur on average every day, roughly 7 of those are males.

Knowing the national statistics, Scalabrini can not only ensure we provide the appropriate care and support for residents, staff and volunteers.

At Scalabrini, one of our main goals is to help our aged care residents improve their mental health in order to maintain a high quality of life no matter their life circumstances. Our care planning for residents will always consider their mental health and keep their wants in mind to ensure they are living life feeling fulfilled with all their needs being met.

All our villages have Wellbeing Coordinators whose work with our People, Learning and Culture team as well as the Village Managers to facilitate activities that improve the wellbeing of our residents which can include:

  • •.   Regular exercise
  • •.   Engaging in hobbies like cooking, reading and art
  • •.   Connecting and conversing with others

Events are also organised throughout the year which include but are not limited to:

  • •.   Men’s Mental Health Awareness week in June
  • •.   R U OK Day on September 14th
  • •.   Movember over the month of November

These events are the perfect opportunity and reminder for us to be checking in with our loved ones. Events and activities that focus on improving wellbeing and mental health awareness are consistently organised at each of our village locations and at our support office. We aim to consistently create opportunities for all of the Scalabrini community to have deeper conversations about mental health both at work and during our daily lives.

If you’d like to enquire about how Scalabrini accommodates for mental health needs as an aged care provider, call our helpful staff today at 1800 722 522 or email us at

If you have concerns about a loved one or need mental health support personally, please contact the following organisations:

  • •.   Lifeline: 13 11 14
  • •.   Beyond Blue: 1300 22 4636
  • •.   Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467