TWO nine-year-olds, Lazar Nedeljkovic, of Cecil Hills, and Nesrin El-Khatib, of Smithfield, were among the patients at Liverpool Hospital's children's ward who recently received hand-knitted toys as part of Mental Health Month.
Mental health clients, carers and staff who were part of a knitting group made 50 toys to distribute to patients.
The group worked for two months to make the small gifts for the children's ward.
Kylie Stewart, the manager of the Liverpool Mental Health Therapy and Recovery Service, said making the toys also helped many in the knitting group with their own recovery.
"They are learning to give back to the community and get a sense of the feeling that they can give to someone else, even though they have a disability themselves," Ms Stewart said.
"The group has also benefited from all the therapeutic values of getting together and enjoying the activities."
Clair Edwards from the South Western Sydney Local Health District said the theme of Mental Health Month, which ends tomorrow, promotes kindness as being beneficial to the health and well-being of everyone.
The theme is "Kindness: little acts, big impacts".
"This theme is about practising self-compassion and accepting that everyone has their strengths and weaknesses," Ms Edwards said.
"Accepting and expressing gratitude to people for their help lets us know how much we appreciate them.
"This can help us build relationships and bring us closer to others, increasing our own level of happiness."
The state government's NSW Adult Population Health Survey 2010 reports more than 13 per cent of respondents over the age of 16 in the Fairfield local government area identified themselves as having mental health problems.
This was compared to almost 11 per cent across the state.
For counselling and support call Lifeline on 13 11 14.