Mental Health Minister Helen Morton today opened Western Australia's inaugural mental health sector co-ordinated conference.
Mrs Morton said the Western Australian Association for Mental Health (WAAMH) had partnered with the Mental Health Commission and other non-government organisations to host the two-day Western Australian Mental Health Conference 2016 at Fraser's in Kings Park. The event is fully subscribed with more than 750 registered delegates.
"The strong interest in this conference indicates the amazing energy and drive in this State for positive sector-wide changes to benefit people who need mental health support and their families and carers," Mrs Morton said.
"It will provide an important opportunity for mental health practitioners and people with lived experience to share examples of best practice and gain a vital understanding from global leaders in mental health and recovery."
Keynote speakers include Kate Purcell, a peer worker, educator and author who will be presenting a consumer's perspective; Professor Mike Slade from the University of Nottingham, a specialist in mental health recovery and social inclusion; community mental health expert Professor Sandy Steingard from the University of Vermont College of Medicine; and Professor Pat Dudgeon, from the School of Indigenous Studies at The University of Western Australia.
One highlight will be Recovery Stories by Candlelight, an outdoor presentation that features people who have experienced mental illness speaking about their life journey. In this innovative project, 20 West Australians were chosen to receive training in storytelling in order to gain skills and confidence to relate their own story in public.
"This is a remarkable project which has seen people equipped with the skills and confidence to go out and speak to groups of people about the reality of mental illness," the Minister said.
"Putting a human face to these stories is one of the most powerful ways to reduce stigma about mental illness."
Other highlights include a youth wellbeing breakfast, Workplace Wellness Symposium and Recovery Stories by Candlelight. For more information, visit: http://www.waamh.org.au/conference-2016.aspx
WAAMH is the peak body representing WAs community-managed mental health sector, with more than 100 organisations and individual members. For more information, visit http://www.waamh.org.au
The conference includes 50 sessions in three streams: reflection; diversity; innovation
In 2016, WAAMH celebrates 50 years involvement in community mental health
Minister's office - 6552 6900