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Richmond Wellbeing, formerly, Richmond Fellowship WA, is a leader in bringing Recovery practices into
mental health in Western Australia.  People Can And Do Recover!

 

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Mental Health Accommodation Outreach Services Carer Services - Caring for Carers Calendar of Events
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Mental Health Accommodation Outreach Services Carer Services - Help for Carers Calendar of Events

Changing of the Guard

 

RW will see a positive changing of the guard in the near future, with highly respected and experienced health executive, Mr Neil Guard, being appointed CEO effective May 2016.

The Board are very pleased to have secured Neil for the role and are confident that he will provide strong leadership to the organisation.

For more details see our recent media release.

NDIS: Sharing the Message

 
Richmond Wellbeing is travelling around Australia, building individual and local capacity for carers and consumers to engage with the NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme).

Find your local events HERE
Join us at the Sharing the NDIS Message LinkedIn to build for the shared learning experience, with regular updates from our NDIS Capacity Project Team.

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The Richmond Wellbeing Story

 

With a focus on recovery, Richmond Wellbeing has walked alongside people experiencing mental distress in perth for the past 40 years.

Richmond Wellbeing is part of a network of Richmond Fellowship organisations throughout the world; the original founded by a young Dutch woman, Elly Jansen, in Richmond, England.

Here is her story

 

 

 

Our Partners (CoMHWA)

Consumers of Mental Health WA Inc (CoMHWA)

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About CoMHWA

Consumers of Mental Health WA (Inc) (CoMHWA), is a non-profit, community based organisation dedicated to supporting mental health reform and recovery of people with lived experience of mental health issues. CoMHWA is led by consumers, for consumers. CoMHWA coordinates, promotes and supports the consumer voice within mental health services and the wider community.

Our Vision

Listening to, understanding and acting upon the voices of people with lived experience of mental health issues.



Our Values

All our work at CoMHWA is guided by the following Values:

  • Kindness
  • Respect
  • Acceptance
  • Collaboration
  • Integrity

To find out more about CoMHWA visit our website: www.comhwa.org.au or contact  via phone: (08) 9321 4994 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

C0MHWA Governance Statement

The committee of management places high importance in directing and controlling the association’s business based on the Essential Corporate Governance Principles of the ASX (2nd Edition), to ensure best practice. This is a fundamental part of our culture.

We are a community based, not for profit organisation, with deductible gift recipient status from the Australian Taxation Office and are subject to the Associations Incorporation Act (1987). Our organization was registered as an incorporated association on June 16, 2005, with our name change from WAMIAC to Consumers of Mental Health WA (Inc) - (CoMHWA) was registered November 4, 2008.

What we do

  • Consumer Advocacy
  • Regular Newsletter
  • Representation
  • Personal Stories
  • Consultation
 
  • Public Workshops and Groups
  • Training
  • Presentations
  • Focus Groups

 

CoMHWA Objectives

To promote respect for, and uphold the dignity and human rights of consumers and all members of the broader community.   To ensure the association maintains full accountability, transparency and accessibility.
 
To promote health, wellbeing, self empowerment, social inclusion and recovery as the foundation to enhancing the quality of life of consumers.  

To provide with, and for members, a wide information and consultation network.

 
To promote excellence in the provision of a broad based range of services to consumers.   To maintain a participatory interest and links relating to research and emerging trends in mental health.
 
To provide advocacy, individual and/or broad based systemic, with, and for, consumers.  

To actively engage in collaborative practices within working partnerships and consultancy with members, stakeholders and others.

 
To provide an understanding of consumer perspectives and a comprehensive, broad based and informed consultation service to Government, non government organisations, other interested parties, and the broader community, to raise community awareness.  

To provide support through a broad based education and training service in mental health and wellbeing, mental illness, discrimination, stigma, and the recovery paradigm.

 

We have three categories of membership available:

  1. The Association may admit a person as an Individual Member, if the person:
    (a) Identifies as having a current or past lived experience of psychological or emotional issues, distress or problems, irrespective of whether they have a diagnosed mental illness and/or have received treatment;
    (b) identifies as a mental health consumer and has been, or is, a consumer of mental health services; or
    (c) subscribes to the Association's Objectives
  2. The Association may admit a group as a Consumer Group Member if the group:
    (a) subscribes to the Association's Objectives; and
    (b) has a substantial proportion of their committee of management comprised of people who identify as having a current or past lived experience of psychological or emotional issues, distress or problems, irrespective of whether they have a diagnosed mental illness and/or have received treatment.
  3. The Association may admit:
    (a) a person as an Associate Member if the person subscribes to the Association's Objectives
    (b) an organisation or group as an Associate Member if the organisation subscribes to the Association's Objectives (Associate Members do not have voting rights).

The CoMHWA Membership Application Form can be downloaded from our webpage or call us to have one sent out to you. (Phone number) 93508824

Management Meetings

The committee is responsible for strategically directing the Association to ensure its objectives are met.

When: Monthly (enquire within for details)

Time: 5 - 7pm.

Who: Management Committee Members and interested members on request.

* * Management meetings are open to CoMHWA’s broader membership. Requests to attend meetings can be made by email or phone or letter at any time. We welcome ideas and feedback but ask that they be submitted as agenda items in advance to allow sufficient time to be heard. It is the CoMHWA executive and general management committee members who hold voting rights at management committee meetings. The management committee may complete some business prior to guest members arrival to avoid long waits.

Questions, feedback and suggestions can be forwarded to our committee at any time.

In addition to management meetings, at times we gather monthly for ‘Busy Bees’ where we work on projects and organisational development activities on a Saturday.

We also meet in sub-committees that do project work – such as planning and designing workshops, brochures and various events.

Acknowledgements

GREAT APPRECIATION TO RICHMOND FELLOWSHIP WA (RFWA)

We would like to extend our thanks and appreciation to RFWA CEO, Joe Calleja, and the RFWA board and RFWA staff in general for their very generous support.

WE ALSO APPRECIATE THE SUPPORT OF:

  • Lotterywest
  • Hon Helen Morton
  • The WA Mental Health Commission
  • Dr Liz Pattison
  • The Health Consumer’s Council
  • The West Australian Association of Mental Health
  • The Hearing Voices Network Australia (HVNA).
  • Mental Illness Fellowship WA
  • Children of Mentally Ill Consumers WA (COMIC).
  • Connect Groups (Formerly WISH)
  • Bunbury Pathways

“The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives and the dreams shall never die.” — Edward Moore "Ted" Kennedy; United States Senator

Defnintions

“Consumer”

In Australia this term is the term most commonly understood and used (however it is acknowledged that it is not liked by all people for a variety of reasons). CoMHWA continues to use the term due to its widespread use and understanding. It also encourages other ways of describing ourselves such as ‘people with a lived experience’, ‘experts by experience’, and other proffered language.

For us what we mean is “any person who has been diagnosed with a mental illness, or a person who identifies as such, who may or may not be accessing mental health services”.

“Recovery”

Once again this term means different things to different people and it is right that we each define it on our own terms. There are many definitions around such as  “living a meaningful life from the perspective of the  individual”

At COMHWA we see it as a personal process, as opposed to clinical recovery (asymptomatic/cure) or social recovery (functionality/rehabilitation focus only) paradigm.

Other definitions are:

Recovery is not managing illness, its discovering wellness. Recovery is not fixing what’s broken. It’s finding wholeness, meaning, and purpose, A love for life, Recovery is a journey, A reconnection to self, others, nature, and Spirit, A willingness to forgive, an openness toward reconciliation.  A search for peace.  - Duane Sherry.

Duane Sherry is a nationally Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and ‘consumer’ http://www.recoveryhope4all.com/

“Mental illness is a process of isolation and recovery is a process of connection” New Zealand Consumer Leader Gary Platz, ABC Radio National’s All in the Mind program. Journeys to Recovery: Accepting the Reality of Unreality 16/12/06

“Recovery does not mean ‘cure’ it is not an end point – ‘recovered’ – but a continuing journey – an ongoing process. It is a way of life. It is an attitude and a way of approaching the day’s challenges.” Pat Deegan 1988, Voice Hearer, Diagnosed with Schizophrenia

"Recovery is a process not a model. It requires self-confidence, self-esteem, self-awareness, self-acceptance, it is a liberating process, a social process and one in which all people can go engage in; i.e. consumers, families and practitioners." Ron Coleman 2005, Author, Trainer, A Voice Hearer, Diagnosed with Schizophrenia

Contact Us

Consumers of Mental Health WA (Inc)
ABN: 95581286940
C/- PO Box 682, BENTLEY, WA 6982
Ph: 9350 8824 (message)
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please Note: The consumer organisation CoMHWA is different from the WA Mental Health Commission’s ‘COMHWA’ - Consumer Outcomes in Mental Health Western Australia. Details of which are accessible at www.comhwa.health.wa.gov.au

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