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13 Oct 2020
Media Release: Federal Government budget extends employment support for young people with mental health issues, but adults remain unsupported
The Western Australian Association for Mental Health (WAAMH) welcomes the Federal Government’s commitment of $45.7 million over three years to extend the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) trial, supporting people under the age of 25 with mental health issues to participate in the workforce.
08 Oct 2020
The McGowan Government has failed to address any alternative streams other than hospital and community treatment for people seeking care for their mental health challenges in today’s State Budget.
25 Sep 2020
People with mental health challenges have only a 1 in 5 chance of accessing community mental health support in WA with new figures revealing the McGowan Government provided just 209,070 of the 2.9million community mental health support hours needed in 2020 to assist people across the State.
24 Sep 2020
Media Release: Mental Health Week 2020 offers beacon of support and hope to thousands during pandemic year
In 2020, the Mental Health Week theme is Strengthening Our Community – Live, Learn, Work, Play as we aim at increasing mental wellbeing in WA communities. With the current global situation and associated uncertainty, it's more important than ever that we take care of mental health and celebrate recovery within our community.
16 Sep 2020
A warm line to prevent a person hitting crisis and seamless community recovery pathways to reduce expensive emergency department presentations are some of the costed solutions to give people dignity and respect for their mental health challenges announced by the Western Australian Association for Mental Health (WAAMH).
20 Aug 2020
The long-awaited Young People Priority Framework recently announced by the Government after the death of another young person has no funding attached to it prompting The Western Australian Association for Mental Health (WAAMH) to call for it to be included in the upcoming October budget.
26 Jun 2020
The long-awaited accommodation support strategy has been released and WAAMH welcomes its delivery after several years of development. The focus on improving access to safe and stable accommodation is especially welcomed as safe, affordable housing and mental wellbeing are intrinsically connected.
17 Jun 2020
An update on recent government announcements, investments and WAAMH advocacy and project work.
12 May 2020
The crucial role of WA’s mental health community supports are in the spotlight as part of new State Election campaign, Prevent Support Heal, launched by the Western Australian Association for Mental Health (WAAMH) to secure a boost in funding for WA community mental health services to address the persistent over-reliance and expenditure on hospital-based services. Community mental health services have proven their weight in gold during the COVID-19 pandemic supporting people with mental health challenges in their own homes, and often remotely, to ensure hospitals are available to respond to the virus. Despite increased demand and shifting to an isolated work environment, the response by the community mental health sector has vindicated the long-held call for proper and immediate increased investment in community-based services now and beyond the pandemic.
03 May 2020
The University of Western Australia collected national data on more than 2000 people with psychotic illness across fives states, including WA to better understand mental and physical health outcomes over time, and factors impacting on these outcomes, including service utilisation. This is the brochure of their findings for WA.