- $51,000 Lotterywest grant to support WA Association for Mental Health
- Mental Health Week to run from October 8-15, 2016
Mental Health Minister Andrea Mitchell will launch Mental Health Week 2016 tonight at the Perth Wildcats' first home basketball game of the season.
Mental Health Week is co-ordinated annually by the Western Australian Association for Mental Health (WAAMH) and the Mental Health Commission to raise community awareness of mental health issues and reduce stigma associated with mental ill health.
Ms Mitchell said launching this year's Mental Health Week at a sporting event was particularly appropriate given the Act-Belong-Commit theme of the week.
"A Wildcats basketball game in front of 15,000 people highlights how physical activity and belonging to a team are positive measures to protect our mental health," she said.
"Perth Wildcats vice-captain Greg Hire has made a further commitment as the official 2016 Mental Health Week Ambassador.
"Greg works with young people struggling with alcohol and other drug use problems and mental health issues, and will be present at most key events during Mental Health Week."
At tonight's launch, the Minister will also present a $51,000 Lotterywest grant to WAAMH to help fund events as part of Mental Health Week.
"The grant will support a range of community events across the State designed to encourage mentally healthy communities," she said.
"It allows community organisations across WA to run their own events and activities, and to increase mental health awareness within their communities."
- In WA, Mental Health Week is co-ordinated by the Mental Health Commission in partnership with WAAMH
- To more information, visit http://mhw.waamh.org.au
- Mentally Healthy WA's Act-Belong-Commit message with a focus on suicide prevention is the official theme for Mental Health Week
- 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 5400