Welcome to the latest HelpingMinds newsletter now that winter has very much arrived.
Our teams have been very busy developing and preparing for new courses and groups. I encourage you to get involved; we have a team passionate about what we do and who are keen to provide hope even when times are difficult.
You will notice below that our school holiday program is very much focused on developing life skills and a sense of hope, in the context of age appropriate fun times of course!
With the federal election fast approaching we are keen to ensure that support for family members in a caring role and for people living with mental distress is high on the agenda. We are already living in a time of change in service delivery with the extension of the NDIS trial in WA and the ongoing implementation of the Mental Health Act.
We appreciate your feedback about what is working, and what is not working, for you and your family within the mental health system. With your feedback, we are able to speak on behalf of and alongside as many Carers and Families as possible to provide systemic feedback to government.
At this time, I am thinking of our team member, Liz Everard, who is currently walking the Bibbulmun Track from Albany to Perth to raise awareness about Aboriginal Suicide Prevention. On these cold and wet days I admire Liz’s resilience and determination to continue with her venture. She's due back in Perth at the end of June.
An Aboriginal Community Open Day was held on Monday the 30th of May at our Geraldton Office.
Amangu Yamatji Elder Barry Dodd performed a welcome to country and with our Team Leader, Lesley Jones, unveiled a plaque acknowledging Amangu traditional owners to the Geraldton area.
Staff provided an overview of our services whilst also giving community members and stakeholders shirts and caps designed by our Indigenous Engagement Officer, Shane Derschow promoting Aboriginal identity & self-esteem.
The event was catered by Sandra Dodd & Co. Thank you to everyone who attended and the Midwest Times for their coverage.
Setting Boundaries/Limits and
Self Care Strategies
Thursday 16th July
182 Lord Street Perth
Do you find it hard to set limits on the help and support you are giving and so you are feeling depleted?
This workshop can help you gain perspective and learn some strategies that can help you deal with your situation better. We hope that this will be interactive but only to your own personal comfort level as people often feel shy in groups and we understand this.
This session is intended to be an informative and inclusive experience for all involved.
There will be a break halfway through each session and light refreshments will be provided.
To RSVP or for more information please call 1800 811 747
WA's first specialist statewide eating disorders service officially launched on 10 June.
The WA Eating Disorders Outreach and Consultation Service (WAEDOCS) provides consultation and education services to clinicians caring for adults and youths aged over 16 with eating disorders. Sadly, eating disorders fall within the top 10 contributors of disease in Australia between the ages of 16 to 24 years and have a mortality rate of up to 20 per cent. Those suffering anorexia nervosa have the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric condition.
WAEDOCS will support WA health professionals across all settings, including emergency departments, medical wards, mental health units, Hospital in the Home teams and clinical community services.
It is also available to general practitioners and community health and mental health care services across public, private and community-managed organisations.
The service is located at D20 in Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital and can be
contacted on 1300 620 208 between 9.00am and 4.00pm, Monday to Friday.
National Suicide Prevention
Conference in Canberra
Suicide Prevention Australia are providing bursaries for individuals with a lived experience of suicide to attend this year’s National Suicide Prevention Conference 24 – 27 July in Canberra. Further information including how to apply can be found at the Conference website Click Here
Improved Assessment Process for Carer Payment and Carer Allowance Project
Family members caring for a person with mental ill health have often experienced difficulty when applying for Carer Payment and Carer Allowance. A national project to improve the assessment process is currently underway. If you would like to know more about this project, please visit Centrelink's webpage.
Six Sub-Networks for the Mental Health Network
The Mental Health Network within the Department of Health, has established a range of sub-networks to address specific areas of need and practice to better advise and support the work carried out by the Network. So far there are six sub-networks to cover the following areas;
Perinatal and Infant
Joondalup and Wanneroo region
Peel and Rockingham/Kwinana region
Open meetings have been held and steering groups are currently being set up. For more information visit the Health Networks website or call the Health Networks Branch on 9222 0200.