About Us

Purpose

The Western Australian Association for Mental Health (WAAMH) is the peak body for the community mental health sector in Western Australia and exists to champion mental wellbeing, recovery and citizenship.

WAAMH recognises a continuum of supports - built on principles of human rights, recovery, co-production, personalisation and choice, social inclusion and cultural connection - are essential to the promotion, protection and restoration of mental wellbeing. WAAMH promotes, advocates for and further develops this network of supports.

WAAMH’s membership comprises community managed organisations providing mental health services, programs or supports and people and families with lived experience of mental health issues and suicide, with whom WAAMH engages in genuine partnership. WAAMH also engages a wide network of collaborative relationships at a state and national level with individuals, organisations and community members which share its values and objectives.

Our Vision

As a human right, every one of us will have the resources and support needed for mental wellbeing, recovery and citizenship.

Our Values

Respect - Understanding mental health challenges are a normal part of the human condition; having compassion, valuing the dignity, unique qualities, knowledge and experience of each person.

Self-determination - Upholding the dignity of choice, self-direction, hope for the future and control over our life and destiny.

Inclusion - Fostering engagement, collaboration and partnership; encouraging diversity and listening.

Integrity - Acting with authenticity and curiosity; being prepared to question and critique, critically consider evidence; pursue excellence.

Courage - Being persistent, tenacious and steadfast in pursuing WAAMH’s vision and values while acting with humility.

Guiding Principles

Human Rights - People with mental health issues can exercise all civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights.

Recovery - People can live a satisfying, meaningful and contributing life with or without the presence of mental health issues.

Co-production - Individuals, their families and supporters are engaged in the governance, organisation and delivery of services.

Personalisation & Choice - People have choice and control over services designed to their individual, social and cultural needs.

Social Inclusion - Having the resources, opportunities and capabilities to learn, work, participate and contribute.

Cultural Connection - The unique cultural values of Aboriginal people and people of other culturally diverse communities are recognised in the design and delivery of services and programs.

Our Mission

WAAMH influences community attitudes, mental health priorities, policy and practice through mental health promotion, systemic advocacy and development so Western Australians have the rights, resources and support needed for mental wellbeing, recovery, and citizenship.
View our Strategic Plan 2017 - 2020 to see our key objectives for the next three years. 

Leadership, Representation & Advocacy

Informing, leading and advocating locally and nationally for effective mental health policy.

Development & Capacity Building

Developing the capacity of services, organisations and individuals to promote, build, restore and protect mental wellbeing.

Mental Health Promotion

Raising community awareness, and increasing participation and support for mental wellbeing, recovery and citizenship.