If you are supporting family and friends then here is a list of some resources you might find helpful.
- PARENT AND FAMILY DRUG SUPPORT LINE
- The Parent and Family Drug Support Line is a 24-hour confidential telephone counselling service for parents and families in Western Australia (WA). This free service has professional counsellors who can offer:
- support and professional advice,
- information on alcohol and other drug use,
- referral to services that can provide ongoing support (including referral to Drug Court support),
- In addition to professional counsellors, the Parent and Family Drug Support Line has a network of trained parent volunteers who have all experienced a son or daughter using drugs. The volunteers have been selected, trained and supervised to provide telephone and community support to other parents across WA.
- The Parent and Family Drug Support Line is run by the Mental Health Commission of WA.
- Ph: (08) 9442 5050 (metro)
- Toll free: 1800 653 203 (country)
- SUICIDE CALL BACK SERVICE
Who can the service help?
The Suicide Call Back Service is a 24-hour, nationwide service that provides telephone and online counselling to people 15 years and over who fit one of the following categories:
- People who are suicidal
- People caring for someone who is suicidal
- People bereaved by suicide
- Health professionals supporting people affected by suicide.
The Suicide Call Back Service is especially suited to people who are geographically or emotionally isolated.
Professional counsellors, with specialist skills in working with suicide-related issues, will assist you in working through difficult emotions. The counsellor will help you with goal planning, ensuring your own safety, and help to link you to other services in the community.
Call the Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467, or register for their online counselling service.
The Suicide Call Back Service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week wherever you are in Australia.
ConnectGroups do just what their name suggests! They have an online directory of self-help and support groups within Western Australia. You can search for a group by location or keyword and they include a huge range of self-help groups for grief, mental health, carers, LGBTIQ etc
- WHITE LION – SUPPORTING YOUTH AT RISK
Whitelion treatment and support programs offer a range of interventions, including outreach, mentoring, employment and education Australia wide. Whitelion provide a range of preventative wellbeing programs in the community and in schools.
- Programs include:
- Relationships and community
- Career transitions
In Western Australia, the “Solid Youth: Building Better Futures Project” is a social change initiative that improves the lives of disadvantaged ATSI young people and their families. The project provides tailored measures that develop capacity, and provide holistic supports for young people and their families to lay the foundations for personal and ongoing generational improvement.
- HELPING MINDS
Established over 40 years ago, HelpingMinds is a not for profit mental health organisation that provides support for both the person that is experiencing mental health issues as well as their family and friends who are providing support both emotionally or practically.We provide support to children, young people, adults and families. Our services are free and include counselling, advocacy, respite, support groups, peer support, NDIS support and in-school and community education programs.
Contact HelpingMinds on 9427 7100 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.helpingminds.org.au
The Mental Illness Fellowship of WA provide a range of support services to people diagnosed with mental illness and their carers and families.
- Services include:
- Telephone Information & Referral Service
- Recovery Rehabilitation Program for adults with mental illness; Lorikeet Centre Rehabilitation Program
- Carer Services; Carer Respite and Well Ways Carers Education Program
- Youth Services; Early Intervention Recovery Program (EIRP)
- Family Services; Family Support Program & Parent Peer Support Program
- Support for Smokers with mental illness; Tobacco Free Program
- Individualised Support for Community Living
- ARBOR – SUICIDE BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT
ARBOR offers short to medium term counselling, ‘referral’, volunteer peer support; and support groups to people who have lost loved ones to suicide.The Service supports people who have lost relatives, friends, colleagues or acquaintances. ARBOR is designed to be as inclusive as possible, and is appropriate for a culturally and linguistically diverse range of clients.All ARBOR services are free of charge.
Clients interested in ARBOR can arrange an appointment over the phone: 1300 11 44 46, or via email: email@example.com. Clients may be referred to ARBOR by other services and organisations, self referrals are also encouraged. ARBOR also offers telephone counselling (appointment only).
ARBOR is open 9am-4:30pm, Monday-Friday. They have locations throughout metropolitan and regional Western Australia.
COPMI promotes better mental health outcomes for children of parents with a mental illness.Over a million Australian children have at least one parent with a mental illness. These children may face many challenges. A range of factors associated with families where a parent experiences mental illness can have a negative impact on a child’s development and wellbeing.The COPMI (Children of Parents with a Mental Illness) national initiative develops information for parents, their family and friends in support of these kids and young people. This information complements online training courses developed by COPMI for professionals to support families either individually or through community services and programs.