South-West Mental Health Services in the works

A new community mental health step up/step down service for people in the South-West region is in the works, aiming to support people with their mental health struggles in a residential setting, close to their family and friend networks. The 10 bed service in Glen Iris is part of a State Government iniative to provide…

Kwinana’s Disengaged Youth Re-Engage Through Bike Restoration

Kwinana’s most disengaged youth will get the opportunity to re-engage through a bike rescue program that will boost their mental health. 10 of the community’s most disengaged young people were chosen for the program “Dismantle” to be re-engaged by building and restoring bikes using Dialectic Behavourial Therapy, a mental health therapy practice. Kwinana Youth Services…

More WA Youth Worried About Mental Health

Young Western Australians are more concerned about mental health following a new report into youth concerns, as calls increase for better mental health support for the State’s youth. Mission Australia’s Youth Survey 2018 revealed the number of the State’s youth who rated mental health as the number one issue rose by almost 10%, in the…

Should more refugees be brought to Australia?

While the heat is being turned up on the Government to evacuate more refugee children off Nauru Island, both major parties are drawing a hard line around this divisive issue. The imminent risk of a child dying on Nauru island has seen some progress in getting 11 children required medical treatment here in Australia. But…

Council Conference To Disucss And Address Youth Challenges In WA

Youth Minister Peter Tinley kicked off the Youth Affairs Council of WA’s Unfairground Conference, encouraging attendees to suggest new pathways to address challenges young West Australians facing in this era. YACWA’s bi-annual conference provides an opportunity for young people to network, share ideas and experiences that focus on prominent youth issues.  This year’s conference discussed…

Mental Health Protection Enhanced Through New FIFO Code of Practice

The State Government is further protecting the mental health of fly-in, fly-out workers, with the release of an updated draft of practice for public comment. A second draft has been made available following an initial public consultation period earlier this year providing guidance on mental health safety. “While this code of practice targets FIFO workers…

Regional WA Mental Health Care Bolstered With New Service

A new community mental health service will open in regional WA that will provide vital residential and individualised care for those with mental health conditions. The community mental health step up/ step down service will support people in the community in areas close to their personal network, while also cutting hospital admissions, serving as a…

Kids Helpline funding needed to satisfy increased demand

The Federal Government is being called on to urgently top-up funding for Kids Helpline. The nation-wide counselling service providing a listening ear for children and young people in need, is unable to keep up with an increased demand of calls. It’s reported that more than half of calls made went unanswered, hence the Government being…

New Dedicated Mental Health Unit For Youths In Bentley

In the months to come, the new dedicated mental health unit in Bentley will be operating completely, allowing the number of beds to increase for young people up to the age of 24. A 12-bed specialized mental health in patient service for 16 to 24 year olds will be provided by the East Metropolitan Youth…