Raising awareness about Aboriginal suicide, Liz Everard from Helping Minds is walking the entire Bibbulmun track from Albany to Perth. The aim of Liz’s pilgrimage is to create awareness about ‘Walking for Resilience’; a concept she and Noongar Elder Darryl Kickett have been working on over the last 8 months.
Come down to the Richmond Wellbeing Centre for the grass-roots international premiere of 'Healing Voices'. This feature-lenth documentary disuccess the question "What are we talking about when we talk about 'mental illness'?
On the 28th of July, 2015, Richmond Wellbeing celebrated the official opening of the Richmond Wellbeing Centre. Located at 29 Manning Road, Cannington, the new Centre houses both the former Bentley and Cannington offices, alongside training and outreach staff. The Centre was officially opened by WA Premier, Hon. Colin Barnett MLA, with the Minister for Mental Health, Disability Services, and Child Protection, Hon. Helen Morton MLC, also speaking to the attending community.
Our new volunteer is a bit different to the average. He is hairy, a little slobbery at times and doesn’t speak English.
His name is Tuffie Brown, who is a very friendly “pooch with personality”. Tuffie is a registered Animal Assistant Therapy Dog with Animal Companions, WA … so don’t be fooled by his muscular stature and big teeth, it’s only for gnawing on dog bones.
Proposed Merger of Schizophrenia Fellowship of Albany and Districts Inc. (Fellowship House) with Richmond Fellowship of Western Australia (RFWA)
RFWA is pleased to announce a great opportunity of merging with Fellowship House. RFWA Chairperson Mr Eric Baines and Fellowship House Chair Mr Mervyn Pegler signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the proposed Merger of Fellowship House into RFWA.
The mental Health bill 2013 has passed through the WA Parliament on the 16th of October 2014.
The bill replaces the Mental Health Act 1996 and to ensure smooth transition there will be an implementation period of approximately 12 months before the Bill becomes operational.
In her statement,The Minister for Mental Health, the Hon Helen Morton MLC said "the Bill gave families and carers of people living with mental illness the right to be kept informed and involved in the treatment and care of the person they were supporting.
The Bill, drafted after years of extensive consultation with carers, consumers and clinicians, provides:
greater recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and culturally appropriate treatment
extra safeguards specifically for children experiencing mental illness
a new Charter of Mental Health Care Principles to guide and set expectations for mental health services
new levels of rights protection through the Mental Health Tribunal, the WA Chief Psychiatrist, the Health and Disability Services Complaints Office, and the new Mental Health Advocacy Service."
In response to the Haunted House Not For the Faint-Hearted article which featured in the West Australian Newspaper on Tuesday 23 September, RFWA’ s Chief Executive Officer Joe Calleja, sent two letters to the Editor of both The Australian and The West Australian newspapers.
The letters outline Mr Calleja’s concern about the rise which stigmatises people with mental health issues.
For a copy of the article, please click HERE. For the letter sent to the Editor at The Australian, please click HERE. For the letter sent to the Editor at The West Australian, please click HERE.
Mental Health Week is a national event held in October to promote awareness about mental health and wellbeing. This year, the event ran from October 4 - 10 with the theme 'Make a Move Towards Better Mental Health'.
In the lead up to the week, RFWA joined the Mental Health Week Steering Committee which comprised of members from the Mental Health Commission, Ruah, Mental Illness Fellowship WA, Arafmi, Act-Belong-Commit, Youth Focus, headspace, Consumers of Mental Health WA, Grow WA, Curtin University and WAAMH.
On the 11th of December RFWA submitted its feedback to the Attorney General, the Hon. Michael Mischin MLC's. The comments were in response to a call for feedback and comments on the operation of the Criminal Law (Mentally Impaired Accused) Act 1996 (the ‘CLMIA Act’).