Peak body for community mental health in Western Australia
The Western Australian Association for Mental Health (WAAMH) recognises a continuum of supports built on the principles of human rights, recovery, coproduction, choice, social inclusion and cultural connection are essential to wellbeing, and we advocate for better mental health services and supports for all Western Australians.
Our diverse membership includes community-managed mental health organisations, individuals, and those with lived experience of mental health challenges.
What we do
WAAMH works to influence policy and funding decisions that will help create a sustainable range of community mental health services, to provide contemporary, individualised and responsive support for people across Western Australia. We actively collaborate at state and national levels, forming a network for comprehensive mental health support and understanding.
We achieve our goals through mental health promotion, advocacy, and sector development.
Learn about and contribute to advocacy for improved public policy and human rights in mental health.
Discover community activities and resources which promote mental health awareness and social inclusion.
Develop your ability to deliver recovery-oriented, person-centered and family-inclusive service.
Employment support and mental health
IPS WORKS is a dedicated unit within the Western Australian Association for Mental Health. With the right job match and appropriate in-work support, everybody can gain and maintain competitive employment. Individual Placement and Support (IPS) is an evidence-based model of supported employment designed to help individuals to achieve meaningful paid employment.
Originally developed for people with serious mental illness including people with co-occurring substance use disorders, IPS has since been used and found effective with youth, veterans, older adults, and for those experiencing physical injuries, first episode psychosis, homelessness, as well as across the justice system. It is set apart from vocational rehabilitation by 8 practice principles and a scientifically validated fidelity scale.
Online hub for the mental health sector
The Collaborative and Responsive Engagement (CARE) Hub is a free digital communication platform for people interested in mental health.
The CARE Hub is a community of like-minded people committed to increasing the capacity of the community mental health sector. A forum for members to draw on the collective wisdom of the community, ask questions, start conversations in a space that is safe, respectful, and inclusive, offering a reliable source of information, tools and frameworks.