News & Media

Stay up to date with our media releases and other important announcements.


13 Sep 2017

Media Release - Mental Health Week 2017 program launched!

WA’s peak body for community mental health, the Western Australian Association for Mental Health (WAAMH), in association with the Mental Health Commission and Lotterywest, is proud to launch the program for this year’s WA Mental Health Week, running from October 7-14.

11 Sep 2017

Media Release - Mental Health Week grant recipients announced

The recipients of the 2017 WA Mental Health Week community grants have been announced, with 33 groups overall, including 21 regional groups, receiving funding towards their event to be held during the week.

8 Sep 2017

Media Release - No sustainable path for mental health in the State Budget

WESTERN Australia’s peak body for mental health, the WA Association for Mental Health (WAAMH), is concerned there is no sign of progress in yesterday’s State Budget towards the sustainable mental health system set out in a 10-year mental health plan in 2015.

28 Aug 2017

Embrace Nature Photography Competition winners announced!

The People's Choice and other winners from this recent photography exhibition have been announced. View our winners gallery.

13 Jul 2017

2017 WA Mental Health Awards winners announced

AN initiative to support suicide prevention in the construction industry, a former infantry soldier turned mental health advocate and a service to address one of the most distressing aspects of severe mental illness have all been recognised in this year’s WA Mental Health Awards, held earlier this evening at the Perth Concert Hall.

5 Jul 2017

Media Release: State mental health conference to showcase diversity and best practice in WA

MORE than 1000 people will gather for WA’s biggest mental health conference over the next week, which has attracted a sell-out crowd and broad representation from the community, government and business sectors.

15 Jun 2017

Media Release - Finalists announced for WA Mental Health Awards

FINALISTS have been selected for the WA Mental Health Awards after a staggering 150 nominations across eight diverse categories were received as part of the WA Mental Health Conference and Awards.

25 Apr 2017

Media Release: National forum leads way in reducing restrictive practices in mental health

Despite the last straightjacket being removed from Graylands Hospital in 2007 and Western Australia reducing seclusion in mental health units by nearly 70% over the past 10 years, there is still much to be done in shifting restrictive practice out of mental health units entirely.

5 Apr 2017

Mental health incoming brief for Minister for Mental Health Roger Cook MLA

Mental health incoming brief for Minister for Mental Health Roger Cook MLA

14 Mar 2017

Labor has won the election - what does this mean for mental health reform?

WAAMH congratulates Mark McGowan’s Labor Party on its election to government in WA. We are especially pleased with Labor's commitment to reform the Criminal Law (Mentally Impaired Accused) Act in its first year in office, to retain a Mental Health Minister and the Mental Health Commission, and to focus the efforts of the Commission on delivering on the Ten Year Mental Health Alcohol & Other Drugs Plan. However, we are not seeing in Labor’s mental health election platform the shift in investment toward prevention and community services.