Hon Helen Morton MLC

Hon Helen Morton MLC

Former Minister for Mental Health; Disability Services; Child Protection

    Lotterywest grants for peak mental health body

    10/10/2015 8:00 AM
     
    • Two grants to support the Western Australian Association for Mental Health
    • Funding for Mental Health Week and a business plan for a recovery college

    Mental Health Minister Helen Morton will tonight mark the end of Mental Health Week by presenting two Lotterywest grants, totalling more than $44,000, to the Western Australian Association for Mental Health (WAAMH).

     

    WAAMH is the peak body of the community-managed mental health sector in WA with more than 100 organisations and individual members.

     

    Mrs Morton said one grant had helped with the organisation of Mental Health Week and the second would fund the development of a business plan for a potential mental health recovery college.

     

    Recovery colleges are hands-on, peer-driven centres of learning where people come to learn and share knowledge about mental health, life skills and their personal experiences.

     

    The information and support provided by peer trainers and fellow students helps people develop self-care skills to manage their own mental health.

     

    "Mental Health Week plays a key role in raising the importance of mental health across age, socio-economic, geographical and other divides with activities targeted to reach children, youth and families, as well as Government, community and business leaders," the Minister said.

     

    "It has also provided the opportunity to celebrate positive achievements, innovative programs, and remarkable and inspirational stories of triumph and recovery.

     

    "Mental illness touches nearly every Australian in some way and we are delighted to partner with WAAMH to improving the lives of people with a mental illness and those who care for them."

     

    Fact File

    • Recovery colleges are hands-on, peer-driven centres of learning where people come to learn and share knowledge about mental health, life skills and their personal experiences
    • In WA, Mental Health Week is co-ordinated by the Mental Health Commission in partnership with WAAMH
    • Last financial year, Lotterywest raised $283 million to support the WA community
    • WA is the only State where money raised from lottery products is distributed directly back to the community to support not-for-profit organisations
    • For more about Lotterywest grants, visit http://www.lotterywest.wa.gov.au/grants

    Minister's office - 6552 6900